Rewriting the Law

Sierra Leone’s history of civil war and Ebola has contributed to widespread mental health problems. 10% of the country’s population experiences them. With just 2 practicing psychiatrists in the country, 99% go untreated.

International NGOs haven’t provided sustainable solutions, and mental health professionals in the country are seeking answers at home, where they face a  “medical war” between modern medicine and traditional healing, says Rebecca Esliker, a psychologist at the University of Makeni and member of the country’s Mental Health Coalition.

One of their goals: rewriting Sierra Leone’s century-old mental health law—dubbed the “Lunacy Act.”

The New Humanitarian

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