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Shackled by Stigma

Ghana has one of the most exemplary universal health care insurance systems in Africa—yet mental health care has languished amid stubborn stigma.
 
The WHO estimates that just 2% of the 2.75 million Ghanaians in need receive mental health care at medical facilities.
 
To fill the gap, people rely on a growing market of herbalists, prayer camps—and shackling patients.
 
Mental health professionals discourage the practice—but without viable treatment alternatives, it’s hard to be persuasive: “It’s no good trying to tackle culture and beliefs if the political will is not there with resources,” says Matthew Pipio of Basic Needs Ghana.
 
The Guardian

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