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Enacting human rights in mental health care in Ghana
Ursula M. Read

.’  1 The discourse of human rights has a long genealogy in relation to the treatment of persons with mental illness and has become a central narrative in the transnational networks and activities which have come to be characterized as global mental health. Indeed, appeals to the human rights of persons with mental illness have formed a moral argument for intervention to improve mental health care worldwide (Patel, Saraceno and Kleinman, 2006 ). The reform of mental health law in Ghana would seem to be of

in Global health and the new world order
From colonial to cross-cultural psychiatry in Nigeria
Matthew M. Heaton

). But how do we get from these colonial and anti-colonial contexts to a global history of mental health care that incorporates post-colonial spaces and actors? This chapter offers a particular context within which to fill the gap between colonial and contemporary global health agendas in the history of psychiatry through an examination of the development of ‘modern’ mental health services in Nigeria between the 1950s and 1970s. In doing so I hope to de-emphasize the implicit binary that the existing historical narrative constructs between the

in Global health and the new world order
Vanya Kovačič

day.’ And we really talked for one hour every day. And in her own way, she made me have friends from the hospital and make social relations” (RSP12, Syrian, M). Some also commented how they managed to overcome the feeling of stigma related to the mental-health care: “We Iraqis hesitate to talk with shrinks but, honestly, it was very helpful for me to talk with a psychiatrist [in the MSF hospital

in Reconstructing lives