Topic : Mental health
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Poor children suffering from chronic illnesses in Philippine public hospitals experience extreme stress and pain. Families and hospital staff also suffer from the physical demands of caring and the emotional strain of treating children with serious, often terminal, conditions. Maria Fatima “Girlie” Lorenzo is transforming Philippine public hospitals by creating a national system for psychosocial support for indigent patients, their families, and caregivers.
Marie-Noëlle Besançon is revolutionizing long-term care for those suffering from mental illnesses in France by developing a network of low-cost, easily replicable non-medical living centers aimed at shifting the care of those suffering from psychiatric problems from the clinical realm to the citizen sector.
Aldana has created a new approach towards the subject of death and is developing a culture where this topic is included in everyday conversation. Through her organization – Aiken, Aldana is training health professionals on the subject of grief and mourning in childhood. As there are few people trained in this subject in Argentina, Aiken is even more relevant as it is a community approach which works with companies and organizations.
Dr Manoj Kumar has created a free, comprehensive, community-based, volunteer-led and cost effective mental health care system to cater to those from the most economically backward groups of society. In doing this, he has paved the opportunity for a meaningful and productive new life to those individuals considered as incurable or a burden to society.
Geert has pioneered a culturally sensitive and community-based mental healthcare system for refugees and migrants in Europe.
We are delighted to announce that Geert Serneels has joined the network as our most recent Ashoka Belgium Fellow!