Meet Demeku Demeku Gizaw is 45 years old, and lives in Buhe, Ethiopia. Demeku first began experiencing symptoms over 20 years ago, and was kept in shackles prior to receiving treatment. Since being diagnosed with severe psychosis, she has been able to manage the condition with daily doses of medication and support from several members […]
Meet Enock Enock Maloya is a young man living in Neno, a rural district in the southern region of Malawi. Dr. Grant Gonani is one of his doctors, a mental health specialist who works at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU), Partners In Health’s sister organization in Malawi. Enock benefits from consistent clinical care and supervision […]
Published by Jan Swasthya Sahygog (JSS), a health NGO in central India, the Atlas serves as a collection of narratives capturing the patient journey of specific ailments and the complexity in which they present themselves in rural Chhattisgarh, India. Supplemented with photo essays, commentaries and epidemiological figures, the Atlas explores the burden of disease in this setting and repositions prevailing understandings of illness and poverty. NCDs and injuries are featured throughout the work.
Authors outline the process used by PRIME to develop a Situation Analysis Tool to analyze the gaps in mental health care in low-income countries, and inform the development of a district level mental health care plan (MHCP) in Nepal. The PRIME research consortium, led by the University of Cape Town, consists of partners in South Africa, Nepal, India, Ethiopia, and Uganda, and has made their Situation Analysis Tool and model mental health care plans available for download.
This article considers the development assistance financing mechanisms for mental health in low- and middle-income countries, and shows evidence for sustainable mental health care interventions that can be effectively integrated into existing health systems at relatively low cost.
The OneHealth tool is a software tool designed to inform costing, budgeting, and integrated national planning and country-level health system analysis in low and middle-income countries. The tool helps national planning teams analyze health system resource needs, cost strategic plans by year and by input, estimate health impact of interventions, and compare estimated costs with available financing. The OneHealth tool can be used by national planners to assess costing for NCD and injury programs as well as more integrated health systems based financing analyses.
This article discusses the critical role for locally derived data on NCDs and injuries in low-resource settings in shaping public sector capacity and national policies to effectively address the disease burden in countries like Uganda. In addition to explaining the current status of available NCD data specific to Uganda, the authors describe a few promising NCD initiatives being pursued across the country and propose recommendations for other low and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Published in December 2013 by the Mental Health Working Group for the 2013 World Innovation Summit (WISH) in Qatar, this report outlines the current global burden of mental health, the need to elevate mental health as a global health priority, and a summary of six innovative priority actions for the scale-up of treatment and care for mental health in low and middle-income countries worldwide.
This article outlines a care delivery plan for mental, neurological, and substance use (MNS) disorders to implement at the national level. Recommendations are based on the author's experiences in with scaling up services through task-shifting and integrated strategies.
Produced as a background report in preparation of a WHO Planning Meeting on the Global Initiative for Treatment of Chronic Diseases held in Cairo in December 2005, this analysis investigates the global price, availability, and affordability of chronic disease medicines for asthma, hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. The report also provides national and international policy recommendations.