Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 1991
Promoción de Servicios de Salud y Educación Popular, A.C. PR
This description of Benno De Keijzer's work was prepared when Benno De Keijzer was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1991.
By helping community health workers learn how to recognize and deal with the most widespread forms of mental health problems, Benno de Keijzer is bringing urgently needed help to millions of seriously ill Mexicans and their families in areas or at income levels where psychiatrists are exceedingly rare. In the process, he is stimulating the development of a new field of popular psychological care that listens to and incorporates local and historical cultures and their ways of thinking about and dealing with mental health.
The New Idea
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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