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Many West African Ebola Workers Now Facing Mental Health, Addiction Issues

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…

Carter Center, World Bank Working With Liberia To Improve Mental Health Care, Reduce Stigma

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…

Access To Mental Health Services Limited In Congo

IRIN: Grappling with mental health challenges in Congo “…Despite the high needs, provision of mental health services is limited [in Congo]. Less than one percent of the government’s health budget goes towards it. There are six mental health hospitals in the entire country and only one mental health outpatient facility,…

Blog Post Examines Global Burden Of Mental Health Issues Through Data Visualizations

Humanosphere: Visualizing the neglected burden of mental health problems Katie Leach-Kemon, policy translation specialist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Humanosphere contributor, discusses the inclusion of mental health issues in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and examines their global burden using visualizations from IHME. “[T]he burden of…

Blog Post Examines Emerging Field Of Global Mental Health

BMJ Blogs: Alexandra Caulfield: Mental health in Africa — challenges and progress since 2008 Alexandra Caulfield, a researcher with Polygeia and a student on the Cambridge graduate course in medicine, discusses the emerging field of global mental health, “and its application to Africa in particular…” (10/22).

More Action, Attention Needed For Efforts Addressing NCDs

The Hill: Silent killers: pandemic of the 21st century Christine Ngaruiya, faculty member in global health and international emergency medicine at Yale and a Public Voices fellow with the OpEd Project “…Finally, this time around, [noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)] were brought up in this round of [global development] goals, including promoting…

New York Times Examines Efforts To Treat Mental Illness In West Africa

New York Times: In West Africa, a Mission to Save Minds “…A growing number of innovative groups have begun experimenting with a similar approach in Africa and Asia: providing therapy without clinics or doctors, relying instead on mobile nurses, cheap generic drugs, and community support systems. In impoverished parts of…

New York Times Examines Mental Health Care In West Africa

New York Times: The Chains of Mental Illness in West Africa “…Every society struggles to care for people with mental illness. In parts of West Africa, where psychiatry is virtually unknown, the chain is often a last resort for desperate families who cannot control a loved one in the grip…