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"My liver is bleeding": life inside an Afghan psychiatric hospital

"My liver is bleeding", a local saying meaning "I am unhappy", is a familiar refrain among patients at the Alemi neuro-psychiatric hospital, Afghanistan’s first private clinic, in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. After nearly 40 years of on-off war, mental illness is widespread, but facilities to help patients are few.

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  • World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights

    World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights

    In its World Report 2016, Human Rights Watch concludes that the politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015. Fear of terrorist attacks and mass refugee flows are driving many Western governments to roll back human rights protections.

  • Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Mental health included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Promoting mental health and well-being, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, are integral parts of the Sustainable Development Agenda to transform our world by 2030 adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015. This is a belated but fitting recognition of the importance of these areas of health within global development and health priorities, as well as a significant departure from the Millennium Development Goals established in 2000.

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