Findings by UCT’s Programme for Improving Mental Health Care show that mental health care can be provided cost-efficiently to thousands of poor people in low- and middle-income countries.
The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME) recently published district mental healthcare plans from five low- and middle-income countries, notably South Africa, in a supplement to the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Ironically, Esidimeni means “place of dignity”. It now refers to the care disaster in which people died (143 at last count) after being transferred from Life Esidimeni into nongovernmental and community organisations.
Dr Eugene Lee Davids, is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Adolescent Health Research Unit, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He was most recently listed in the Mail & Guardian as one of 200 young South Africans.