Meet Godevela Godevela Mukamusoni is a mother of six, living with her husband and children in the Ruharo village of Rwanda. When her symptoms first started, she was taken to Kinoni health center where she was provided medication for schizophrenia. After some time, her symptoms returned and she was taken to a nearby hospital. Godevela’s […]
Meet Marjorie Marjorie Innocent is a 30-year-old mother of eight, living in Haiti with her husband and children. Marjorie has had to come to terms with living with schizophrenia, a severe mental health condition. As her symptoms became severe and her condition worsened, she was taken by her husband to Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) […]
Paired to the launch of the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission report in September 2020, this policy brief provides a high level overview of the findings and recommendations from the Commission report, as part of efforts to address one of the most glaring inequities in global health.
Released by The Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission) in September 2020, this landmark report highlights key findings and recommendations demonstrating the magnitude and pattern of the NCDI burden in several low and low-middle income countries (LLMICs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia as well as emphasizing the disparities existing in care and resources available for NCDs and injuries.
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.