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Global Health
July 18, 2012

Afghan Mental Health Services

JAMA. 2012;308(3):227. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.7729

Treatment of mental health disorders can be integrated into the health care system of a country in a fragile state, according to a case study carried out by researchers from Afghanistan and the Netherlands in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan (Ventevogel P et al. PLoS Med. 2012;9[5]:e1001225).

After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the Afghan health care system was in disarray. With humanitarian aid, the Dutch nongovernmental organization HealthNet TPO, based in Amsterdam, began in 2002 to rebuild the health care system, including mental health services.