Mental health programme launched
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 education 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 world organisations suspect high levels of mental health problems among Afghans, comprehensive data 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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