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Moving towards universal health coverage for mental disorders in Ethiopia

C. Hanlon, A. Alem, C. Lund, et al., (2019)

Int J Ment Health Syst. 2019 Feb 25;13:11. doi: 10.1186/s13033-019-0268-9. eCollection 2019.

Recognition of depression by primary care clinicians in rural Ethiopia

Abebaw Fekadu, Girmay Medhin, Medhin Selamu, et al., (2017)

BMC Family Practice (2017) 18:56 DOI 10.1186/s12875-017-0628

Public Knowledge and Beliefs about Mental Disorders in Developing Countries: A Review

Alemayehu Tibebe and Kenfe Tesfay, (2015)

J Depress Anxiety S3:004. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.S3-004 This paper is therefore designed to review public knowledge and belief about mental disorders (mental health literacy) in developing countries with particular emphasis on the public knowledge and beliefs about causes and symptoms of mental disorders, public attitude and perception towards people with mental illness and help seeking behaviors. The review will provide important evidences from developing countries which are relevant to introduce the concept of mental health literacy in Ethiopia as there has been no systemic review of evidences on mental health literacy and to guide the development and implementation of a mental health policy in Ethiopia where mental health policy is absent

From Research to Action: Advancing Prevention and Response to Violence against Children: Report on the Global Violence against Children Meeting

UNICF, (2014)

Growing evidence indicates that large proportions of children around the world experience physical, sexual and emotional violence every year, with enormous implications for human rights, public health and economic and social development.1 Over the last five years, national governments and Together for Girls – a global public-private partnership comprising UNICEF, other United Nations (UN) agencies, the United States (US) Government and various private sector agencies – have worked to mobilize and sustain a global movement to end violence against children, with a focus on sexual violence against girls.

The social and cultural aspects of mental health in African societies

Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Eds.: Commonwealth Health Partnerships, (2013)

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines mental health as ‘a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community’. Mental illness refers to all of the diagnosable mental disorders, which are characterised by abnormalities in thinking, feelings or behaviours. Mental illness is closely related to vulnerability, both in its causes and in its effects. Globally, 14 per cent of the global burden of disease is attributed to mental illness – with 75 per cent of those affected being found in low-income countries – which includes a broad spectrum of diagnoses, from common mental illnesses such as anxiety and substance abuse, to severe illnesses like psychosis.

Barriers to accessing and receiving mental health care in Eastern Cape, South Africa

Isabell Schierenbeck, Peter Johansson, Lena M. C. Andersson, Dalena van Rooyen, Eds.: Health and Human Rights Journal, (2013)

The right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is enshrined in many international human rights treaties. However, studies have shown that people with mental disabilities are often marginalized and discriminated against in the fulfillment of their right to health. The aim of this study is to identify and reach a broader understanding of barriers to the right to mental health in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. Eleven semi-structured interviews were carried out with health professionals and administrators.

Clinical Practices of African Traditional Medicine

Paulo Peter Mhame, Kofi Busia & Ossy MJ Kasilo, Eds.: the African health monitor, (2010)

In African traditional medicine, the curative, training, promotive and rehabilitative services are referred to as clinical practices. These traditional health care services are provided through tradition and culture prescribed under a particular philosophy, e.g. ubuntu or unhu. Norms, taboos, tradition and culture, which are the cornerstones of clinical practice of traditional medicine, are the major reason for the acceptability of traditional health practitioners in the community they serve. The philosophical clinical care embedded in these traditions, culture and taboos have contributed to making traditional medicine practices acceptable and hence highly demanded by the population. This paper discusses the different traditional health care services, such as curative services, general traditional healthcare, mental healthcare, midwifery, bone setting, rehabilitative and promotional services that increases health awareness and developing positive attitudes and behaviour towards healthier living).

A Situation Analysis of Mental Health in Somalia

World Health organization (WHO), (2010)

This situation analysis stems from an increasing commitment that community actors and a variety of stakeholders have put on Mental Health, including the development and wellbeing of the Somali population. As part of a twofold study, this situation analysis and the Strategy for Mental Health aim at catalyzing attention on the issue. At the same time, both documents are also an advocacy tool for practitioners, INGOs, mental health personnel and public authorities. The document is the result of a participatory process, which has engaged stakeholders through desk review work, group discussions, data collection, and consultative meetings both done in Somalia and at Nairobi level.

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