Does Mozambique suffer from a very high suicide rate?

Bradley Wagenaar, University of Washington Three years ago the World Health Organisation launched the first ever world suicide report and claimed that Mozambique had the highest suicide rate in Africa at 27.4 per 100,000 people. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked Dr. Brad Wagenaar about his research which sought to fill the knowledge gap on …

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Nigeria’s anti-LGBT laws block access to health care

By Shannon Marie Harmon LGBT+ people in Nigeria experience discrimination that hinders their access to health care, including for mental health problems that have been overlooked by many organisations, the Bisi Alimi Foundation has reported based on an online survey. The survey, published this month (13 January), aims to raise awareness about physical and mental …

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Mental health should get urgent attention in Africa

By Munyaradzi Makoni [CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] Mental health is becoming one of Africa’s healthcare challenges that needs to be addressed urgently. But, from World Psychiatric Association International Congress, which I attended in South Africa last month (18-22 November), I realised that it is not getting the attention it deserves. Indeed, it is becoming incumbent …

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As Sierra Leone waits for Ebola all-clear, its emotional scars will take longer to heal

Meredith Fendt-Newlin, University of York Sierra Leone has just reported one week of zero confirmed Ebola infections – the first time since the deadly virus reached its border in May 2014. If there are no more infections for 42 days after the country’s last Ebola patient was discharged, the outbreak will be declared over. But …

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Treating Ebola has focused on the physical – but there will be mental scars too

Yuval Neria, Columbia University Since its re-emergence in the summer of 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has ravaged communities, killed thousands, created fear, anxiety and distrust and, in some instances, violence. The Ebola outbreak has now been largely contained and a number of major advances achieved in prevention, treatment and vaccine development. However, …

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