Nepal Struggles with Trauma

Nepal's earthquake and tremors have exposed the gross inadequacies of its mental health care system, with just 100 psychiatrists for 28 million people.

Spending on mental health accounts for 0.08% of the health budget—the 3rd lowest level in the world. The only government-run psychiatric hospital is struggling to meet the needs of survivors that range from anxiety to psychosis.

"If the earthquake had all come at once, it would have been OK, but these small quakes, the ones that keep coming, are really making my heart panic," says Sanjay Kumar, whose family is living under a tarp sheet.


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