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


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

Provision Of Mental Health Services In Humanitarian Crises Can Empower Affected People

World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility, and violence: What to do? Patricio V. Marquez, a World Bank lead health specialist, who heads the Global Tobacco Control Initiative at the World Bank Group, and Melanie Walker, senior adviser to the president and director of the World Bank Group’s Delivery…More

Can we eat our way to a healthier future?

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the start of the Decade of Action on Nutrition. Jamie Oliver calls it a Food Revolution. The EAT Initiative are challenging us to do it sustainably, even in some of the world’s largest cities — but to NCDFREE, it’s all going to start with a Feast Of Ideas. As part of our October series, Juliette Wittich NCDFREE’s Global Coordinator for Australasia explains how NCDFREE are taking things back to basics and starting with the 7.4 billion plates of food in front of us everyday to solve one of the biggest health challenges we are facing today. 

Marking World Mental Health Day, U.N. Secretary General, WHO Call For Improved Psychological…

U.N. News Centre: On World Mental Health Day, Ban cites need of immediate support for post-crisis psychological distress “Marking World Mental Health Day 2016, the United Nations has highlighted the importance of making mental health care available to everyone who needs it — with a focus this year on providing immediate support to those in…More

Doctors, Researchers Beginning To Take Action On Mental Health Of Migrants, Refugees Entering…

Nature: The mental health crisis among migrants “…Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. … Most came from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval, and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. … What hasn’t been widely discussed is the enormous burden of…More

Discrimination and negative attitudes about ageing are bad for your health

New analysis by WHO shows that negative or ageist attitudes towards older people are widespread. They also negatively affect older people’s physical and mental health.

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