Overview: Mental Health, Violence and Injuries


Mental Health, Violence and Injuries remain a major challenge to public health in the region. In addition to the numerous armed conflicts that plague the African region, there is also a high burden from interpersonal violence, especially amongst young men. Gender based violence and child abuse remain a serious challenge.

The key challenges being addressed are:

  • Lack of data on the magnitude, causes, and consequences of all types of disabilities (physical, sensory and mental).
  • Lack of policies on this group of health problems. There are often no strategies for prevention, and few or no resources for prevention or management programs.
  • Poor prevention efforts result in high direct and indirect costs: high health care costs (about 50% of surgical beds in some countries are for road traffic injuries), lost productivity, premature deaths.
  • Lack of motivation to address the problems associated with violence, injuries and disabilities and to track their impact.

For more information please contact:

NkomoDr. Da Gama Nkomo
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Tel.: +47241 39593