The silent crisis: Mental health in Africa

by Modupeola Dovi
Consultancy Africa Intelligence (Pty) Ltd., 4 February 2013

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This paper discusses the challenges faced by African governments in the delivery of mental health care services, and identifies promising initiatives that have been undertaken by some. Neuropsychiatric disorders reportedly make up 14% of the global burden of disease, with some 450 million people having some type of mental disorder. Even so, mental health often draws less attention than communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Stigma and insufficient resources are some of the barriers to mental health services among African populations.

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