n South African Journal of Psychiatry - News

Volume 13, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9685



A new set of guidelines to address the mental health and psychosocial needs of survivors of conflict and disaster have been agreed by international humanitarian agencies.

Africa, with only 0.32 nurses in mental health settings per 100 000 population, has among the lowest proportion of mental health nurses globally, and well below the world average of 2.23 nurses per 100 000 population. And these are divided almost equally between mental hospitals and psychiatric units in general hospitals, with none recorded in community mental health settings.

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