Below is an extract from the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
The World Health Organization is leading a one-year global campaign on depression. The highlight is World Health Day 2017 celebrated ton the 7th of April 2017. The goal of the campaign is that more people with depression, everywhere in the world, both seek and get help…. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
I couldn’t agree more. Take note that lack of support prevents many people living with mental and physical disabilities from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.
Over the past seven months I have had the opportunity to interact with youths and young adults living with physical and mental disabilities through Bwafwano Care Providers Centre for Education and Development for people living with mental and physical disability. I got to reflect on health relating to several groups of people that Bwafwano Care Providers has been working with to include orphans, vulnerable children, elderly caregivers, and people living with mental or physical disabilities.
I realise that in many societies I have come into contact with, the need for mental health services–especially for people living with mental and physical disabilities–is mostly undermined by citizens, communities, and governments. Not only is the need for, the provision of, and access to mental health services undermined, but health services in general are undermined when it comes to people living with mental and physical disability, orphans, vulnerable children, and elderly caregivers.
I advocate in suggesting that, “It is imperative that communities, community groups and most importantly governments recognize, give attention to and attend to the strong need for health and mental health services provision and access for orphans, vulnerable children, elderly caregivers as well as people living with mental/physical disabilities.”
Peter Tatenda Muzarakuza
Bwafwano Care Providers
GMF International Class of 2016-2017