Review of the Lessons from the Mental Health Care in a Public Health Context Short Course: Australia Awards Africa
Brian Maila 1 2 * , Denis Mbako Jato 3
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1 Chainama Hills College Hospital, P.O. Box 30043, Lusaka, ZAMBIA2 The University of Zambia, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, P.O. Box 50110, Lusaka, ZAMBIA3 Integrated Health for All Foundation (IHAF), P. O. Box 31717, Biyem-Assi, Yaounde, CAMEROON* Corresponding Author


The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends human resource development as a key strategy to promote global mental health. The optimal approach to building capacity in global mental health care requires partnerships between professional resources in high-income countries and promising health-related institutions in low- and middle-income countries. In this paper, we briefly describe the objectives of one of such initiatives, the Australia Awards Short Course titled, ‘Mental Health Care in a Public Health Context’, sponsored by the Australian Government, share our experience and reflections as participants in the program, and highlight key lessons relevant for scale-up of mental health care in low-middle income countries in Africa.


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Article Type: Editorial

EUR J ENV PUBLIC HLT, 2021, Volume 5, Issue 2, Article No: em0068

Publication date: 04 Jan 2021

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