Increasing the capacity of health surveillance assistants in community mental health care in a developing country, Malawi.

Authors:
Felix Kauye
Felix Kauye
College of Medicine
Chikayiko Chiwandira
Chikayiko Chiwandira
Zomba Mental Hospital
Zomba | Malawi
Jerome Wright
Jerome Wright
University of York
McEvans Phiri
McEvans Phiri
Zomba Mental Hospital
Chitsazo Mafuta
Chitsazo Mafuta
Zomba Mental Hospital
Limbika Maliwichi-Senganimalunje, MA Clinical Psychology
Limbika Maliwichi-Senganimalunje, MA Clinical Psychology
University of Malawi - Chancellor College
Lecturer
Malawi
Michael Udedi
Michael Udedi
Zomba Mental Hospital
South Africa

Malawi Med J 2011 Sep;23(3):85-8

Zomba Mental Hospital, Zomba, Malawi.

Mental health services in Malawi are centralized in the three tertiary units which are located one in each of the three regions of Malawi and this means that most people with mental health problems do not get help. With severe shortages of mental health professionals in the country, integration of mental health into existing primary and community health services is the most feasible way of increasing access to services for people with mental health problems. This paper discusses a pilot program of integrating mental health in the activities of Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs) who are community health workers in Malawi.

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September 2011
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