n African Journal of Psychiatry - Sub-specialties in psychiatry in Africa - intellectual disability : editorial
|Article Title||Sub-specialties in psychiatry in Africa - intellectual disability : editorial|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||African Journal of Psychiatry|
|Author||Chris Molteno, Colleen Adnams and Frank Njenga|
|Publication Date||Mar 2011|
|Pages||1 - 3|
|Keyword(s)||University of Cape Town|
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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