n African Journal of Psychiatry - Improving mental health systems in Africa - : editorial

Volume 16, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1994-8220


Africa is a vast and diverse continent. The diversity relates not only to geography but also languages, cultures, religions and histories. However, conflict, disease, poverty and political instability are common characteristics. Notwithstanding commonalities, to pronounce on Africa in general is problematic. To comment on mental health systems in Africa, and how to strengthen them - one needs an understanding of weaknesses. Again, to presume that one can pronounce on Africa as a continent may indeed be presumptuous. That having been said, the content which follows will provide, at worst, points of departure for discussion and debate - with the intention of identifying a way forward for a continent without losing sight of country specific issues.

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