10 years after Kony war, mental health challenges persist in Acholi

Patients receive medicine at Gulu hospital. The hospital handles some 1,000 mental health patients every month, of whom between 200 and 300 are fresh cases .

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Effects of 20-year war. A study conducted by Gulu University researchers in 2006, just as the guns were falling silent, found that 62 per cent of the people of Acholi sub-region had mental health problems, especially post-traumatic stress disorder. Government funding, however, did not increase in reaction to this need.

One fateful day in March this year, a mentally sick patient ran amok and, using the spear he found in the shrine, killed the traditional healer who was dealing with his condition. This happened in Pabbo Sub-county, Amuru District, northern Uganda.


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