Presentation: Mental Health challenges affecting Ugandans in the Diaspora and how to mitigate those, support and investing opportunities as solutions.
Mental disorders contribute about 14% of the global burden of disease. Neuro-psychiatric conditions including disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, substance abuse, and dementia are the number one contributor to the worldwide burden of non-communicable disease (WHO; 2001; Saxena S, Throncroft G, et al ,2007).
In Uganda, reported prevalence rates vary widely to nearly 30 % of adults with psychiatric disorders (Kasoro S, Sebudde, et al, 2002 )
Ugandan populations use traditional healers and Faith leaders to help meet their mental health care needs and these are often part of the wider cultural belief system ( Abbo C, 2010 )
Mental illnesses are a major public health concern in communities and Western health care interventions are effective ( WHO; 2001).
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