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Mind the gap! : A discussion on the disparity between low and high income countries in the provision of mental health care and the implications for capacity building in Kenya’s nursing workforce.

Marangu, Elijah, Sands, Natisha and Karani, Anna 2012, Mind the gap! : A discussion on the disparity between low and high income countries in the provision of mental health care and the implications for capacity building in Kenya’s nursing workforce., in Proceedings of the 38th Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference., Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses International Conference, [Darwin, N. T.], pp. 1-22.

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Title Mind the gap! : A discussion on the disparity between low and high income countries in the provision of mental health care and the implications for capacity building in Kenya’s nursing workforce.
Author(s) Marangu, Elijah
Sands, Natisha
Karani, Anna
Conference name Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. Conference (38th : 2012 : Darwin, N.T.)
Conference location Darwin, N. T.
Conference dates 2-5 Oct. 2012
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 38th Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Conference.
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian College of Mental Health Nursing Conference
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses International Conference
Place of publication [Darwin, N. T.]
Keyword(s) mental health care
Kenya
nursing
Summary About fourteen per cent of the global burden of disease has been attributed to mental, neurological and substance use disorders. A number of initiatives have been launched in recent years to respond to this, the World Health Organisation (WHO) introduced the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) to address the widening gap between what is needed to provide adequate mental health services and what is currently available, especially in low and middle income countries where the gap is widest.
This discussion paper will focus on mental health nursing in Kenya, a country in East Africa with a population of 42 million people. Mental illness is common in Kenya with up to twenty five per cent prevalence rates, yet mental health services are sparse at the tertiary and primary care level and mental health remains a low budget and policy priority for the government. The aim of this paper is to raise participants’ awareness of the challenges of delivering mental health nursing care in low-income countries such as Kenya, and to explore possible solutions to the problem.
Notes Abstract published in International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. Special Issue: ACMHN’s 38th International Mental Health Nursing Conference - The Fabric of Life, 3-5 October 2012, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Australia. Volume 21, Issue Supplement S1, pages 1–28, October 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00878.x
Language eng
Field of Research 111005 Mental Health Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian and New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses International Conference
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050787

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Collections: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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