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Developing the Mental Health Workforce in Zimbabwe

February 19 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

This quarter’s Global Mental Health Speaker Series presenters discuss mental health workforce strengthening in Zimbabwe.

This discussion will explore Zimbabwe’s mental health system as a case study to frame a discussion of building mental health workforce capacity in low and middle-income countries. Dr. Rukudzo Mwamuka, who is completing post-graduate psychiatry training at University of Zimbabwe, will speak about her firsthand experience practicing psychiatry in Zimbabwe, challenges facing the mental health systems, and new opportunities for expanding access to care, including scale-up of the Friendship Bench, a depression intervention delivered by lay health workers. Next, Dr. Helen Jack, Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Global Mental Health at King’s College London and Co-Director of Kushinga, a Zimbabwean non-profit trust focused on mental health research and advocacy, will share findings from a study of Zimbabwe’s mental health system and will give an overview of recent NIH and Wellcome Trust-funded efforts to build research and clinical capacity in the University of Zimbabwe Department of Psychiatry. The speakers will then lead a guided discussion on how psychiatry training and work force strengthening can meet the changing needs of African health care systems.

Speakers: Rukudzo Mwamuka, MBCHB and Helen Jack, MD

Global Mental Health Program
206-221-3828 | uwgmh@uw.edu



February 19
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


University of Washington, William H. Foege Building, Auditorium (Room S-060)
3720 15th Ave NE
Seattle, 98105
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