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“Depression: let’s talk” says WHO, as depression tops list of causes of ill health

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. The new estimates have been released in the lead-up to World Health Day on 7 April, the high point in WHO’s year-long campaign “Depression: let’s talk”.

One Man’s Death Points to Shortcomings in Morocco’s Mental Health Infrastructure

By Molly Mulroy  This article was produced in conjunction with an SIT Study Abroad program http://studyabroad.sit.edu/programs/semester/spring-2017/moj/ in Morocco and Round Earth Media, www.RoundEarthMedia.org a nonprofit Read More

WHO | Reforming mental health in Lebanon amid refugee crises

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

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Global Dispatches Podcast Discusses Mental Health Needs Of Refugee Children With MSF…

Global Dispatches Podcast: Podcast: The Mental Health of Refugee Children Mark Leon Goldberg, editor of the U.N. Dispatch and host of the Global Dispatches Podcast, speaks with Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani, psychologist with Médecins Sans Frontières, on her own refugee experience as well as her work with refugee children and their mental health needs (12/14).


Global Community Must Recognize Health As Fundamental Human Right

Project Syndicate: The Right to Health Is Universal Michel Sidibé, executive director of UNAIDS, and Dainius Puras, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health “…Health … is a fundamental human right, encompassing both freedoms and entitlements. … Today, we call on world leaders to confront health injustices wherever they see them,…More


Puerto Rico Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Following Hurricane Maria, Public Health…

New York Times: After Hurricane, Signs of a Mental Health Crisis Haunt Puerto Rico “…The violent winds and screeching rains of Hurricane Maria were a 72-hour assault on the Puerto Rican psyche. There are warning signs of a full-fledged mental health crisis on the island, public health officials say, with much of the population showing…More


The WHO Global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay: Towards an integral response to the…

On behalf of the Latin American Network for Multidisciplinary Research on Chronic Diseases A 46-year-old woman affected by a heart attack in Zimbabwe, a (male) heavy smoker aged 68 and recently diagnosed with lung cancer in Australia, a 52-year-old Indonesian man with neurological stroke sequelae due to long-term undiagnosed hypertension, …  All of them share underlying determinants and face the consequences of a rising global epidemic: non-communicable diseases (NCDs), as they are commonly labelled. These “socially transmitted conditions”—as some (other) people would prefer to call them—are  estimated to account for 63% of global mortality nowadays. It is predicted that they will account for around 70% of global deaths by 2030, if business continues as usual. Even more importantly, NCDs are also significantly related to preventable premature mortality and disability. Each year, 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 die from an NCD.


Time to take the conversation on adolescent health out of airconditioned conference rooms, and…

From October 27th to 29th, New Delhi, a wonderfully vibrant, colorful and youthful city, hosted over 1000 delegates and 125 youths from 65 different countries exploring issues related to adolescent health. The 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health, themed “Investing in Adolescent Health – The Future is now” was organized by the International Association for Adolescent Health in partnership with donors and consortium partners. As two public health researchers working in the field of adolescent health in Tanzania, we were more than happy to be at the conference, as you can imagine. The event featured 8 keynote lectures, 4 plenaries, 3 debates, 81 oral presentations and over 100 poster presentations.


Abuse, Trafficking, Mental Health Receive Little Attention At International Adolescent Health…

Inter Press Service: Adolescent Health Congress Skirts Issue of Abuse, Trafficking “…Unfortunately, violent crimes like sexual slavery, [‘sexual cleansing’], molestation at schools, or breast ironing — another crime reported widely from Western Africa — were missing from the Congress on Adolescent Health, as were issues of cross-border sex trafficking of adolescent boys and girls in…More


We all have to die of something, so why bother being healthy?

0000-0002-1767-4576It’s 6:45 on a cold and rainy Tuesday morning. The alarm blares. As you begin to wake and wonder how it could possibly be morning already, your good intentions dawn on you. It’s run morning – and it’s the last thing you want to do.


Grand Challenges To Invest In Mental Health Of Adolescent, Young Mothers

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Strong Minds for Stronger Adolescent and Young Mothers Janna Patterson, senior program officer with the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Karlee Silver, vice president of Targeted Challenges for Grand Challenges Canada; and Nicole Sirivansanti, associate program officer with the…More


HRW Urges Mexico Commission To Revise Mental Health Bill To Reflect Rights Of Persons With…

Human Rights Watch: Mexico: Mental Health Bill Undermines Disability Rights “Mexico’s Congressional Mental Health and Drug Commission is considering a national mental health bill that proposes to improve mental health services for all in Mexico but would seriously jeopardize the rights of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said [Tuesday]. In a letter sent on…More


FT Health Discusses Tobacco Taxes, World Mental Health Day

FT Health: World Bank says ‘go big, go fast’ to stub out tobacco The latest issue of the Financial Times’ weekly global health newsletter discusses the World Bank’s recommendations for nations to use tobacco taxes to raise “costs as a disincentive to smokers while generating additional income from those who continue to smoke.” The newsletter…More


World Mental Health Day Spotlights Mental Wellbeing At Work, Creating Healthy Workplaces

U.N. News Centre: Creating a healthy workplace improves mental wellbeing and productivity — U.N. “People spend a large proportion of time at work, where experiences there factor into their overall wellbeing, the United Nations said on World Mental Health Day, noting that depression and anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that have an impact on…More


MSF’s Middle East Mental Health Specialist Discusses Access To Emergency Care In Devex…

Devex: Q&A: How humanitarian crises are reshaping emergency mental health care “The Middle East is facing a mental health emergency as Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis, and others cope with years of war, violence, and loss. … Ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Devex sat down with [Dr. Gregory Keane, mental health referent in…More


International Community Should Prioritize Mental Health

HuffPost: Mental Health Money Can’t Just Follow Bombs, Bullets And Trauma Craig Kielburger and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of WE “…[T]he problem [of mental health disorders] is often overlooked in light of other pressing development priorities. … For many, the logic is inescapable. In the hierarchy of needs, lifting people out of poverty and ensuring they…More


HIV prevention costs and their predictors: evidence from the ORPHEA Project in Kenya

AbstractWe estimate costs and their predictors for three HIV prevention interventions in Kenya: HIV testing and counselling (HTC), prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) and voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).


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