Mental health in the Lake Chad basin: concerns and synergies between local actors, health system and international community
Wednesday, June 29
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.: Arrival of participants
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Presentation of the study
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.: RESILAC activities and lessons learned
11.45 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Closing
The armed conflicts raging in the Lake Chad basin destroy individual resistance and the well-being of populations, impacting their socio-economic development. Faced with these situations, families are forced to leave their living and production spaces, leaving behind their vital means of economic subsistence, to go to places where security remains relative.
Psychiatry detects signs of mental disorders, psychoses, depression or even traumatic neuroses in these psychologically impacted people. In this context, the social function of therapists (traditional healers, psychologists, etc.) is more than ever valued by the place given to speech and the relief of suffering. However, psychiatric and psychosocial services are still very inaccessible in this region where psychiatry often rhymes with madness.
The conference "Mental Health in the Lake Chad Basin: challenges and synergies between local actors, the health system and the international community", offers a framework for discussion around the mental health response and psychosocial support of the RESILAC project, as well as the findings of the study "psychosocial care in the Lake Chad basin" carried out by Groupe URD, focusing on the availability of care and the endogenous mechanisms of psychosocial care in this region .
Florence CHATOT - Study coordinator, public health research officer, research, evaluation and training officer, Groupe URD
Pamela LONDONO - Regional referent Mental Health and psychosocial support, expert in SMPS project management in sub-Saharan Africa, RESILAC
Henri MAHAMAT MBARKOUTOU - Researcher on the Cameroon/Chad aspects of the study, Teacher-researcher, doctor in political and strategic history, expert in conflict analysis in the Lake Chad basin
Ibrahim YAMIEN - Researcher on the Niger section of the study, expert in community mental health, former research and supervision officer at the National Mental Health Program in Niger.