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Language, culture, and task shifting - an emerging challenge for global mental health

dc.contributor.authorSwartz, Leslie
dc.contributor.authorKilian, Sanja
dc.contributor.authorTwesigye, Justus
dc.contributor.authorAttah, Dzifa
dc.contributor.authorChiliza, Bonginkosi
dc.date.accessioned2014-08-11T06:55:50Z
dc.date.available2014-08-11T06:55:50Z
dc.date.issued2014-02
dc.identifier.citationSwartz, L. et al. 2014. Language, culture, and task shifting - an emerging challenge for global mental health. Glob Health Action, 7, doi:10.3402/gha.v7.23433.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1654-9880 (Online)
dc.identifier.issn1654-9716 (Print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.3402/gha.v7.23433
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/95532
dc.descriptionPublication of this article was funded by the Stellenbosch University Open Access Fund.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.globalhealthaction.neten_ZA
dc.descriptionPlease cite as follows:en_ZA
dc.descriptionSwartz, L. et al. 2014. Language, culture, and task shifting - an emerging challenge for global mental health. Glob Health Action, 7, doi:10.3402/gha.v7.23433.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractLanguage is at the heart of mental health care. Many high-income countries have sophisticated interpreter services, but in low- and middle-income countries there are not sufficient professional services, let alone interpreter services, and task shifting is used. In this article, we discuss this neglected issue in the context of low- and middle-income countries, where task shifting has been suggested as a solution to the problem of scarce mental health resources. The large diversity of languages in low- and middle-income countries, exacerbated by wide-scale migration, has implications for the scale-up of services. We suggest that it would be useful for those who are working innovatively to develop locally delivered mental health programmes in low- and middle-income countries to explore and report on issues of language and how these have been addressed. We need to know more about local challenges, but also about local solutions which seem to work, and for this we need more information from the field than is currently availableen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherCo-Action Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectMental healthen_ZA
dc.subjectInterpreter servicesen_ZA
dc.subjectPoor people -- Mental health servicesen_ZA
dc.titleLanguage, culture, and task shifting - an emerging challenge for global mental healthen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublishers' Versionen_ZA
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