October 28 - Expanding Access to Mental Health
The Lancet Global Health concluded that mental health is underserved in Africa. Researchers tend to neglect African populations in studies about mental health, service providers on the continent are insufficient to meet the needs of the population, and many countries lack a mental health strategy. The COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing healthcare and economic consequences have only added to global mental health concerns as individuals grapple with social isolation, loss of income and livelihoods, and illness or death in their families and communities. The panel will explore the challenges for mental health in Africa, the related research, and possible solutions for expanding access to mental health services.
Register for the webinar: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cy_a3e4tR1KuEjK6TDUm4g
This webinar will be livestreamed on Facebook:
- Dr. Florence Baingana,WHO Africa Regional Advisor, Mental Health and Substance Abuse
- Professor Karestan Koenen, Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
- Professor Vikram Patel, The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School
- Moderated by Professor Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health, Harvard University
The Harvard University Center for African Studies in partnership with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) is hosting a series of webinars on the topic of COVID-19 and Africa. Held each Wednesday for one hour from 10am EST, CAS’ Africa and COVID-19 Webinar Series will bring together the private sector, policy makers, academics, and practitioners for a series of conversations across health, technology, and economy, among others. Please check our COVID-19 Resources page for upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars. Join our weekly newsletter to receive updated information.
- November 4th - Youth & Closing the Innovation Gap
- November 18th - Meeting the Challenges of Higher Education in Africa
- December 2nd - The Impact for Women
ORGANIZERS: Harvard Center for African Studies & Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention