By lex, on May 15th, 2011
Another piece of the puzzle falls into place in Afghanistan:
Experts estimate that 60% of the Afghan populace suffers from mild to severe mental illness. Yarzada and the rest of the hospital’s three dozen psychiatrists and psychologists see as many as 160 patients a day at the crumbling 26-year-old facility that they are still rebuilding after a bombing six months ago.
Afghan leaders have vowed to use an infusion of international aid to improve medical services and have made mental health a priority. Yet the Kabul hospital is struggling to improve therapy and expand neighborhood clinics in an extremely poor country where mental health treatment remains a luxury.
From everything I’ve read, I’d say that’s a conservative estimate.
Now it’s time for a little “root cause” analysis.