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The Friendship Bench: changing lives in Mbare and beyond

Since 2010, ZHTS has been supporting the “Friendship Bench” in Mbare township, Harare. In Zimbabwe there are no community mental health services provided by the government and the country only has a handful of trained psychiatrists in government practice. However, more than 25% of people using primary health care in Zimbabwe suffer from common mental disorders. Mental illness is among the top five leading causes of disability worldwide, but the problem can rarely be tackled in isolation. For example, depression is more common in people living with HIV, and is associated with accelerated disease progression and poor outcomes. Mbare Township […]

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