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WHO Report Addresses Mental Health In Emergency Situations

“Humanitarian agencies work hard to help people with their mental health and psychosocial needs in the aftermath of emergencies, but too often opportunities are missed to strengthen mental health systems for the long-term, according to a new World Health Organization (WHO) report, ‘Building back better: Sustainable mental health care after…

PLOS Blog Highlights New Articles Published In PLOS Medicine

The PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog highlights a number of new articles published in the current issue of PLOS Medicine. A meta-analysis “implies that the risk of early neonatal infection among women with maternal infections is high and presumably even higher in low-resource settings where most women deliver at home…

Syrian Refugee Women Need More Reproductive, Mental Health Services, Study Says

The Guardian: Female refugees from Syria ‘blighted by gynecological illness and stress’ “Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of preterm births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study. … Some of their health problems…

Community Care Effective For Mental Illness In Developing Countries, Study Shows

VOA News: Community Care Boosts Treatment of Mentally Ill in Developing Countries “Experts say less than 10 percent of people with mental illness in low-income countries receive treatment. A new study shows community-based care is an effective strategy for treating individuals with schizophrenia. Researchers found the most successful way to…

Many Governments Unprepared For Potential Dementia Epidemic, Report Says

“Many governments are woefully unprepared for an epidemic of dementia currently affecting 44 million people worldwide and set to more than treble to 135 million people by 2050, health experts and campaigners said on Thursday,” Reuters reports. “Fresh estimates from the advocacy group Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) showed a 17…

Implementation Models For Dissemination Of Mental Health Research Needed

“In recent years, growing interest and awareness has resulted in global mental health finally stepping out of the narrow field of psychiatry and beginning to occupy space in public health discourse,” Julia Beart, head of business development for the U.K. charity Basic Needs, and Shoba Raja, director of policy and…

Mental Health Issues Result From Liberia’s 14-Year Civil War

GlobalPost: The lingering wounds of Liberia’s 14-year civil war “In Nimba County, northeastern Liberia, the most visible signs of the country’s 14-year civil war are finally fading. … But the deepest wounds of the conflict are difficult to see and slower to heal. They are the psychological scars of war,…

PLoS Medicine Articles Look At HIV Care Disengagement, Development Aid, Mental Health

PLoS Medicine Publications Assistant Michael Morris summarizes several articles published this week in the journal in this PLoS “Speaking of Medicine” blog post. One study “investigate[s] reasons for missed visits and provide[s] an explanation for disengagement from care,” and an accompanying perspective piece comments on the findings, he writes. Another article looks at “whether giving development…