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Cooking with ‘dirty’ fuels

It affects women’s mental health, say researchers | MATHEW SHUPLER | About 2.6 billion people – nearly half of the global population, most of them in Africa, Asia and central and south America – rely on biomass fuels, like wood and charcoal, or kerosene to cook meals, heat and light …

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WHO urges gov’ts to prioritize mental healthcare

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The World Health Organization-WHO is asking governments to prioritize mental healthcare as mental illness surges. WHO made the call during a virtual launch of the organization’s biggest assessment of mental health that has been carried out in the last 20 years. The report shows that …

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Nathan Ssewaali launches first Mental Health children’s book 

Kampala, Uganda | Patricia Akankwatsa | Canadian-based Ugandan author and mental health professional, Nathan Ssewaali launched his mental health book for children titled, ‘Lola and The Emotions Carousel’ which has received a lot of positive reviews across the world as many have referred to it as helpful to their children’s mental …

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HIV and mental Health

Although people with serious mental illness tend to be less sexually active, they have a higher risk of sexual behaviour Kampala, Uganda | PATRICIA AKANKWATSA | People who have or are at a risk of HIV and who are vulnerable to mental health conditions often face other significant individual, structural, …

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Early pregnancy risks young women’s mental health

There’s need for assessments of common maternal mental health conditions, such as postpartum psychosis, anxiety, and bipolar disorders | MANASI KUMAR | The rates of adolescent pregnancies in sub-Saharan Africa are among the world’s highest. The adolescent birth rate is as high as 139 per 1,000 girls in Tanzania and …

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Address mental health in Health Bill – psychiatrists

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Psychiatrists want the Public Health (Amendment) Bill to provide for treatment of cases of mental health. The Executive Director of Butabika National Referral Hospital, Dr Juliet Nakku said the concept of mental health is not clearly defined for purposes of the Bill. She said that …

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Caring for the mentally ill

Focused on peer support yields positive results | MICHELLE M. SCHWAB | In many regions of Africa, traditional healers have treated all illnesses, physical and mental, for centuries. As the prevalence of mental illness continues to rise in Uganda, western influence impacts how those with a mental illness can access …

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