Raising the Bar: Improving Mental Health Care in Africa
Presented by:

AMREF’S Coffeehouse Speakers Series
on global devel...
Quotable
“Mental health is crucial to the overall well-being of individuals,
societies, and countries.
mhGAP Mental Health...
Out of Africa, 1985
Quotable
There is “no question that several forms of social
disadvantage make people more vulnerable to a
range of mental ...
Did you know?
About 30% of the total burden of noncommunicable
diseases is due to mental, neurological, and substance
use ...
Quotable
"Everyone is putting their money in HIV, reproductive
health, malaria. They need also to remember these
unfunded ...
Quotable
"There are still people who out of stigma label people with
mental illnesses as mad. I don't think we should judg...
Did you know?
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 75-85 percent
of people with severe mental disorders receive n...
Quotable
"I think more needs to be done to educate families about
mental illnesses.”
Nothemba Dinga, a social worker from ...
Blood Diamond, 2006
Did you know?
A study from 2002 states that the average number of
psychiatrists is 9/100,000 population in the European Re...
Quotable
"Access (to treatment) is limited to very few. And there is
limited ethical understanding and commitment among
ca...
Quotable
The education of the public should be given prominence in
the development of mental health policies in Africa bec...
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Raising the Bar: Mental Health Care in Africa

  1. 1. Raising the Bar: Improving Mental Health Care in Africa Presented by: AMREF’S Coffeehouse Speakers Series on global development Featuring: Athena Madan PhD
  2. 2. Quotable “Mental health is crucial to the overall well-being of individuals, societies, and countries. mhGAP Mental Health Gap Action Programme Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap_final_english.pdf
  3. 3. Out of Africa, 1985
  4. 4. Quotable There is “no question that several forms of social disadvantage make people more vulnerable to a range of mental health problems.” Vikram Patel, Global Mental Health Expert and Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Source: http://thinkafricapress.com/health/mental-health-remains-invisible-problem-africa
  5. 5. Did you know? About 30% of the total burden of noncommunicable diseases is due to mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders. Source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/mhgap_final_english.pdf
  6. 6. Quotable "Everyone is putting their money in HIV, reproductive health, malaria. They need also to remember these unfunded priorities like mental health are cross-cutting, and are also affecting the performance of those other programmes like HIV and the rest.” Sheila Ndyanabangi, Director of Mental Health at Uganda's Ministry of Health Source: http://www.irinnews.org/report/98680/rethinking-mental-health-in-africa
  7. 7. Quotable "There are still people who out of stigma label people with mental illnesses as mad. I don't think we should judge them for that ... we should [instead] take note of the gap and find ways to close it. As for raising awareness, I think we are getting there. We have NGOs, and our community radio stations are doing their bit in raising awareness.” Bongile Gongo, nurse at the Mental Health Unit, Khayelitsha Site C Clinic, South Africa Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201310281658.html
  8. 8. Did you know? The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 75-85 percent of people with severe mental disorders receive no treatment in low- and middle-income countries, compared to 35-50 percent in high-income countries. Source: http://www.irinnews.org/report/98680/rethinking-mental-health-in-africa
  9. 9. Quotable "I think more needs to be done to educate families about mental illnesses.” Nothemba Dinga, a social worker from KTC day hospital in Gugulethu Source: http://www.irinnews.org/report/98680/rethinking-mental-health-in-africa
  10. 10. Blood Diamond, 2006
  11. 11. Did you know? A study from 2002 states that the average number of psychiatrists is 9/100,000 population in the European Region and 0.05/100,000 population in the African Region. Ahmed Okasha, Mental health in Africa: the role of the WPA, World Psychiatry (2002) Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1489826/
  12. 12. Quotable "Access (to treatment) is limited to very few. And there is limited ethical understanding and commitment among caregivers.” Seggane Musisi, professor of psychiatry at Makerere University, Uganda Source: http://news.yahoo.com/psychiatrists-decry-mental-health-care-africa-105405344.html
  13. 13. Quotable The education of the public should be given prominence in the development of mental health policies in Africa because many aspects of mental health care require the active collaboration of the community. O. Gureje and A.Alem, Mental health policy development in Africa, World Health Organization, 2000 Source: http://www.who.int/bulletin/archives/78%284%29475.pdf

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