Category Archives: Mental Health

Health Ombudsman to investigate allegations of psychiatric patients death

The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has asked the Office of Health Ombudsman to investigate allegations that 36 psychiatric patients in Gauteng died after transferred from Life Health Care, Esidimeni into care of Non-governmental organizations early this year. The decision to ask the Health Ombudsman to investigate this allegations was taken after a marathon consultation meeting between the Minister of Health & Gauteng MEC for Health Ms Qedani Mahlangu this afternoon. The MEC gave the minister an update report on the transfer of psychiatric…

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Global health workforce, finances remain low for mental health

14 July 2015 | Geneva  – Worldwide, nearly 1 in 10 people have a mental health disorder, but only 1% of the global health workforce is working in mental health. This means, for example, that nearly half of the world’s population lives in a country where there is less than one psychiatrist per 100 000 people. Huge inequalities in access to mental health  services exist depending on where people live. On average globally, there is less than one mental health worker per 10 000 people,…

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