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Mental health programme launched

Mental health programme launched

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Feb 24, 2011 - 12:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): An 18-month programme for mental healthinfo-icon and substance abuse prevention and treatment has got under way in Kabul, a global humanitarian organisation said on Thursday.

Launched by International Medical Corps (IMC) in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), the programme will provide mental health services and care in the Psychiatric and Drug Dependency Hospital.

IMC said in a statement that it would work with higher educationinfo-icon and public health ministries to improve advanced psychiatric education at medical universities in the country.

As part of the European Commission-supported initiative, the overall management, administration, physical infrastructure, availability of equipment and technical capacity of the mental hospital and drug dependency unit staff to provide quality care.

While local authorities and worldinfo-icon organisations suspect high levels of mental health problems among Afghans, comprehensive datainfo-icon and accurate analysis of the problem is lacking. But there is wide agreement that the normal, expected levels of mental illness have escalated due to war, displacement and violence.

"An assessment of the MoPH Psychiatric and Drug Dependency Hospital carried out by IMC in July 2010 found that physical conditions, resources and staff capacity were insufficient to provide an appropriate level of care," the statement said.

The organisation promised support for the Ministry of Public Health and the cadre of mental health staff in improving psychiatric education and the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance misuse.

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