n African Journal of Psychiatry - Child and adolescent psychiatry in Africa : luxury or necessity? : guest editorial




The issue of sub-specialization within a developing world setting has been raised as an issue for developing world psychiatrists. The current editorial poses the question as to whether sub specialists in child and adolescent psychiatry are a luxury or a necessity. In a continent where over 50% of the population are children and adolescents and one in five will have a mental health problem, how appropriate is this question? Yet the question needs to be answered if effective Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) services are to be developed and extended in Africa.


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