Heal thy neighbor

Mental health services recruit locals to help residents of poor and war-torn countries

By Bruce Bower, 20:47 PM November 26, 2013

Nearly all the women of Mohmandara, a village in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, met at a local health clinic one day in 2005. Mental health workers at the clinic, run by a Dutch international aid organization, had heard village women talking to each other about “feelings of sadness” and “worrying too much.” The women eagerly accepted an invitation to talk it over at the clinic.

The village women described being beaten and harassed by their husbands, who were spurred on by their ...

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