n African Journal of Psychiatry - Sub-specialties in psychiatry in Africa - intellectual disability : editorial

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



The recognition of psychiatric sub-specialties has been acknowledged and the importance of achieving parity for mental health in medical training, service provision and research stressed. Psychiatry has in the past suffered from relative neglect associated with the stigmatisation of mental illness. Within psychiatry there has been additional neglect and more severe stigmatisation of intellectual disability (ID). It is time to review the history and current status of and the associated challenges facing ID in Africa and to plan for the future. Njenga and Adnams have reviewed the epidemiology, policies and services for children and adults with intellectual disability in Africa and South Africa respectively.

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