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Mental health services in Cambodia, challenges and opportunities in a post-conflict setting
Center for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Chey Chumneas Hospital Takhmau, Kandal Province, Cambodia.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry.
2015 (English)In: Asian Journal of Psychiatry, ISSN 1876-2018, E-ISSN 1876-2026, Vol. 13, 75-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cambodia had suffered enormously due to war and internecine conflict during the latter half of the twentieth century, more so during the Vietnam War. Total collapse of education and health systems during the Pol Pot era continues to be a challenge for developing the necessary infrastructure and human resources to provide basic minimum mental health care which is compounded by the prevailing cultural belief and stigma over mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders (MNSDs). The mental health research and services in Cambodia had been predominantly 'trauma focused', a legacy of war, and there is a need to move toward epidemiologically sound public health oriented mental health policy and service development. Integrating mental health program with primary health care services with specifically stated minimum package of activities at primary level and complementary package of activities at secondary level is an opportunity to meet the needs and rights of persons with mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders (PWMNSDs) in Cambodia, provided there is mental health leadership, government commitment and political will.

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2015. Vol. 13, 75-80 p.
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Mental health, Challenges, Opportunities, Cambodia, Post-conflict setting
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Psychiatry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101499DOI: 10.1016/j.ajp.2014.12.006PubMedID: 25563073OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-101499DiVA: diva2:799789
Available from: 2015-03-31 Created: 2015-03-31 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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