In time, it will be natural to see exchanges and mutual learning between Community Health workers with health systems as different as Brazil, Nigeria, United States and India’s – but in the meantime we need 1 million more to deliver the Millennium Development Goals.
With one thousand days to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, low-income countries are redoubling their efforts to reach their most vulnerable citizens. In the process, communities have been recognized as being central to achieving the goals of universal primary care. This deep relationship has come through the... Read more
In health and healthcare, as in every other aspect of life we all have things we can learn from each other - and there are things we can all teach. Here in Africa we understand families and communities and the role they play in health and caring for each other. We are also endlessly inventive. Without the resources and the history of Europe and America we have created solutions for ourselves. This website is full of examples from Africa, Asia and Latin America where people have devised new solutions, created new sorts of healthworkers and used IT and mobile phones creatively.
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What can we learn from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in mental health?
1) At the 2013 General Adult Psychiatry Annual Conference the keynote speaker Prof Sir Simon Wesseley and the President of RCPsych Sue Bailey lamented the barrier that exists between physical and mental health. In the UK, this is now both a physical and an attitudinal factor. Psychiatric clinics are often located in distant locations from acute hospitals or if within the acute hospital complex, in a corner tucked way literally and metaphorically from “real medicine”. Surveys of the... Read more
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