‘Africa Rising’ set to fail unless mental health is prioritised

A quick Google search about mental health in Africa shows images of people locked up, in chains and kept in inhumane conditions. The topic is seen as taboo and many are quick to dismiss it.

Unfortunately, this attitude is prevalent even among African governments tasked with ensuring citizens get the highest attainable standard of health care, including mental health. In recent years, ‘Africa Rising’ has been a catch phrase in many conversations about the continent.

These words are used to describe the perceived Africa development, and the opportunity for more growth. Countries such as Kenya have taken these words to heart, hosting several international meetings, including Unctad and Ticad this year as follow ups to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit attended by US President Barack Obama last year.

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