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Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, on World Health Day, 7 April 2017

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Message of the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, on World Health Day, 7 April 2017. Matshidiso Moeti
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Resources to prevent, identify and treat mental health problems such as depression are very scarce. The African Region has a critical shortage of qualified professionals for mental health, with just one psychiatrist per one million people and a similar number of psychologists. The mental health workforce of psychiatric nurses, occupational therapists and social workers is woefully inadequate. Lack of availability of psychotropic medicines, proper information with well-structured psychotherapy and other effective measures for primary healthcare services to treat depression is cause for concern.

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Matshidiso Moeti
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2017
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April