About this Course
Many mental disorders can be prevented and treated effectively. But the treatment coverage is very low.
Studies show that more than 80% of people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) who suffer from severe mental disorders receive no treatment at all. And when people seek treatment, the quality is frequently poor. It is estimated, for example, that only 3.7% of people with a depressive disorder receive even minimally adequate treatment.
The WHO recommends psychosocial treatments as first-line treatments. So what are the challenges and barriers that make access to quality psychosocial services so difficult?
This webinar was part of Des Moines University's 2020 Virtual Lecture Series on Mental Health. mHub's Executive Director, Dr. Michael Grosspietsch, discusses universal and location-specific challenges and barriers together with mHub's leading East African clinicians, Yvonne Uwamahoro (Rwanda) and Esther Mbau (Kenya).
Their comparison of aspects such as capacity, infrastructure, political leadership and funding, and culture and society, uncovered highly surprising differences between the two East African countries. The conclusions offer widely applicable recommendations also for other LMICs.