Mental Health


WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

Article published in August 2016 Source: WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

Sharing truths of terminal illness in rural Guatemala

Over the last four years I have visited communities in rural Guatemala with Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a civil society organization providing health Read More

Behavior Change: Global Nutrition and Food Security Policy and the Life of the Practitioner

Habits are hard to change. We can all relate. Yet I frequently tell my patients that they should make lifestyle adjustments. For the patient population Read More


The Lancet Examines Congressional Support For U.S. Cures Act, Potential For Funding

The Lancet: Experts confident of Congressional funding for U.S. Cures Act “Just five weeks before his presidency ended, Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act, a law that will sustain several of his signature biomedical research initiatives, streamline the U.S. drug and medical device approval process, improve the nation’s mental health care system, and…More

Symposium On Global Mental Health Offered Transdisciplinary Perspectives From Key Players

Global Public Health Journal: The Georgetown symposium on global mental health: Transdisciplinary perspectives Emily Mendenhall, assistant professor at Georgetown University, discusses conference proceedings from a one-day symposium hosted by Georgetown University on global mental health. Mendenhall writes, “This meeting followed four days of intensive meetings on global mental health in Washington, D.C., hosted by a…More

Hospital in the Hills: Rising Above Cancer in Rwanda

Continue reading:  Hospital in the Hills: Rising Above Cancer in Rwanda

After Hurricane Matthew: PIH’s Work in Southern Haiti

Photo by Aliesha J. Porcena / Partners In HealthPIH’s leadership team in Haiti discusses the damage from Hurricane Matthew with Dr.Jean Yves Domercant (center), medical director of the Immaculate Conception Hospital in Les Cayes. Two months after Hurricane Matthew plowed through southern Haiti and destroyed lives and livelihoods, the world’s attention to the humanitarian crisis has shifted. But Partners In Health's work hasn't wavered.

Peru: More Safe Houses for People with Chronic Mental Illness

Photo by William Castro Rodríguez / Partners In HealthPartners In Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joia Mukherjee (left) visits with safe house resident Valeria Ruiz* following a ceremony marking the home’s official transfer to the Peruvian government. Partners In Health in Peru recently handed over control of its first safe house for women living with chronic mental illness to the Peruvian government, marking a major milestone in PIH's efforts to strengthen Peru's shift to a community-based mental health care system. Peru's National Institute of Mental Health and the municipality of Carabayllo, where PIH is based, assumed responsibility of the home during a ceremony in September, just over a year after the home’s opening. Government officials hope to expand PIH’s model to 200 homes nationwide to support the roughly 1,400 people who desperately need the care and protection these safe houses provide

Staying Power: Women Keeping Health Care on Track

Photographs and comments by Partners In Health staff Our photographers have the opportunity to visit with health workers, colleagues, and patients all over the world—many of them women. “We meet far more women in terms of care and connection to the community and health centers than men,” says Rebecca Rollins, PIH’s chief communications officer. Women usually bring sick children to clinics or receive care themselves. Teams of nurses—mainly female—are the backbone of these facilities. In communities, health workers who go door to door checking up on patients are invariably women.

The XX Solution

Photo by Rebecca E. Rollins / Partners In HealthMasentebale Letima, 23, (left) and other expectant mothers pass the time in the shade of the maternal waiting home in Nkau, Lesotho, in March. Help a poor woman stay in school, a recent study found, and her children are more likely to survive. Help a mother earn a couple extra dollars, and her kids will get a better education. Give a woman a loan and she is more likely than a man to repay it

West African Countries Introduce Strategic Plans To Address Human, Animal, Environmental Health…

The Guardian: West Africa to target human and animal health together to fight Ebola and Zika “West African leaders have agreed a new approach to infectious diseases in an attempt to avert any repetition of the disastrous Ebola outbreak. Human, animal, and environmental health will all be considered together, and countries in the region will…More

Open Society Foundations Explainer Examines Impact Of Drug Control Policies On Access To…

Open Society Foundations: The Link Between Drug Policy and Access to Medicines In this explainer, Open Society Foundations describes the effects of drug control policies on access to essential medicines worldwide. The backgrounder also discusses how drug control policies impact access to mental health treatments and pain relievers, research into new medicines, and other issues…More

Cash transfers and health: It matters when you measure, and it matters how many health care…

This post was co-authored with Katrina Kosec of IFPRI. A whirlwind, surely incomplete tour of cash transfer impacts on health Your run-of-the-mill conditional cash transfer (CCT) program has significant impacts on health-seeking behavior. Specifically, there are conditions (or co-responsibilities, if you prefer) that children get to school and/or that they get vaccinated or have some wellness visits. While the school enrollment effects are well established, the effects on both health seeking behavior and on health outcomes have been much more mixed. CCTs have led to better child nutritional status and improved child cognitive development in Nicaragua, better nutritional outcomes for a subset of children in Colombia, and had no impacts for child health in studies on Brazil and Honduras.

Invisible wounds: Mental health among displaced people and refugees

The plight of forcibly displaced people, who are fleeing conflict and violence, is best summed up by the lyrics of the plaintive 1970 classic by Argentine troubadour Facundo Cabral:  “No soy de aquí ni soy de allá”(“I’m not from here nor there”). Those lyrics convey both the sense of uprootedness felt by those displaced from their native lands and habitual routines, and the feeling of “otherness,” emotional detachment, and powerlessness when relocated to foreign surroundings and societies, which in some cases, are unwelcoming to outsiders.

‘One Health’ – A Comprehensive Approach To Preventing Disease, Saving Lives

For as long as people have lived with – and in close proximity to – animals, the benefit of that reality has come with a serious trade-off… the potential for disease. That reality also explains why a “One Health” approach is used at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify and minimize the risk from zoonotic diseases, the technical term for diseases that spread between animals and people. One Health is becoming increasingly viewed as a cornerstone to a strong public health effort. That’s one reason November 3 has been designated the first annual “One Health Day,” a day designed to draw attention – and appreciation – to an important, yet sometimes under-recognized approach for protecting health.

CIT: a solution for police interaction with the mentally ill

Eight hundred and ninety-six people have been killed by police in the United States since January 1st.  I have had to update the total each morning as I wrote this post.  That boils down to 88.6 people per month.  Were this rate to continue, we’ll fall just short of 2015’s total of 1,146 fatal police shootings. 

‘Loss Beyond Measure’ in Southern Haiti

Photo by Johanne Hilaire / Partners In HealthDr. Joia Mukherjee, PIH chief medical officer, sees patients in the pediatric ward of Hôpital Immaculée Conception in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Oct. 15, 2016. Dr. Joia Mukherjee has seen devastation in Haiti

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