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Title:Evaluation of a basic mental health programme in Guinea-Bissau
Author:Jong, J.T.V.M. deISNI
Periodical:Psychopathologie africaine
Geographic term:Guinea-Bissau
Subject:mental health
Abstract:Since 1982 the government of Guinea-Bissau has implemented a nationwide social psychiatric programme, which aims at the provision of mental health care by the existing 105 basic health care centres. An evaluation carried out in January 1986 showed that the programme was successful in the enlistment of nurses as its main agents. After five days of training these health workers proved to be fully capable of treating psychotic and epileptic patients within their own environment. However, the situation of neurotic patients remained virtually unchanged. It was concluded that the supervision of nurses remains essential, and that, although a more sophisticated type of registration of mental patients would be desirable for statistical and planning purposes, this objective does not seem realistic for the moment. As to the costs of the programme, they were found to be comparatively low. Bibliogr., sum. also in French.