Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB), PIH’s sister organization in Rwanda, has made tremendous progress over the years. On the occasion of IMB’s 10th anniversary, we asked five leaders to reflect on the changes. Their memories and insights are below. Anatole Manzi Director of Mentorship, Enhanced Supervision for Health Care and Quality Improvement It was May 2005 when I heard about Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). I was finishing my bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology, but I already had an advanced diploma in general nursing
In the US American media, relatively little attention has been devoted to a recent emergency in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to controversial legislation passed there Read More
Dr. Samira Asma, Chief, Global NCD Program, CDC Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). As public health practitioners, we have an important opportunity to work collaboratively to accelerate and scale up implementation of proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact.
Wall Street Journal: Ebola Still Takes Mental Toll on West Africa’s ‘Burial Boys’ “As Ebola fades, a mental health crisis is coming in its wake. At the height of the outbreak, West African countries that had no more than a roomful of doctors and too few nurses threw thousands of ordinary people — taxi drivers,…More
Faced with the challenge of population aging, a prolonged working life is increasingly important in today’s society.
Seclusion and restraint are interventions currently permitted for use in mental health services to control or manage a person’s behaviour.
Angie Nyakoon and Amanda Gbarmo Ndorbor are two outspoken and energetic women who oversee the Mental Health Unit at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) in Liberia. Together, they’re applying a new open source app called mHero (that was first used to help them deal with the Ebola crisis) to the mental health issues that have arisen in the aftermath of the epidemic due to displacement and abandonment. For years, Liberia has been suffering from mental health problems so severe that they can lead to suicide, brought on from a long running civil war and now the Ebola epidemic. To allow health workers on the ground and at the frontline to care for patients, even in the most remote parts of Liberia, Angie and Amanda developed a SMS workflow that help them answer a series of questions about the prevalence of depression and other disorders. This information can also be used by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) to help alleviate the problems and find solutions.The background story of how Angie and Amanda were able to move so quickly and creatively to address this need is based on a repurposed technology called mHero. Before mHero, the ministry didn’t have access to this kind information because there was no existing health information systems to collect data on mental health indicators.Now, thanks to Angie and Amanda’s good work, they have a start. mHero provides a trusted channel that facilitates two-way communication using SMS and interactive voice response for sending and receiving critical information to and from frontline health workers, in real time.Smart thinking leads to mHeroDesperate times call for desperate measures
There is a fast-growing interest in the impact of the arts on the health and well-being of individuals.
Identifying mechanisms that generate and sustain health inequalities is a prerequisite for developing effective policy response, but little is known about factors contributing to health inequalities in older p…
Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Toshimasa Sone, Naoki Nakaya, Yumi Sugawara, Yasutake Tomata, Takashi Watanabe, Ichiro Tsuji Background The association between social isolation and psychological distress among disaster survivors is inconclusive.
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Ebola and civil war trauma threaten Liberia’s economic growth “…Trauma not only harms communities, but also hinders economic growth, according to the World Bank, which hopes a focus on mental health will kickstart Liberia’s struggling economy. It is working with the Carter Center on a $3 million project to train health staff…More
Publication date: March 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 152 Author(s): Daniel Hogg, Simon Kingham, Thomas M.
The current geopolitical landscape has resulted in unprecedented numbers of refugee populations. For the first time since World War 2, the total number of people forced to flee their homes as refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons has exceeded 50 million.1 In the first 8 months of 2015 alone, more than 540 000 asylum applications were filed across European Union member states. In addition to increased physical health risks, asylum seekers and refugees are at a higher risk than average for the development of a range of comorbid psychiatric diagnoses including mood, anxiety-related, psychotic, and substance-use disorders.
Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention including psychoeducation and yoga for depression management at the primary health care level in one district in the H Nam province, Vietnam.
Publication date: February 2016 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 151 Author(s): Nicholas Rohde, K.K.