Thank you to Dr Philippa Lilford for writing your 'Mental Health in Malawi article about your time volunteering with SMMHEP. A really enjoyable and illuminating read which will be particularly valuable to new volunteers!
This is a reflective essay about the time I spent volunteering in mental healthcare in Malawi, prior to commencing my psychiatry training. The burden of illness I saw was enormous and the resources very limited; however, I describe some particular experiences where we were able to deliver excellent care, and which made me reflect about mental health services in low-income countries in general. Details of the patients discussed in this essay have been fully anonymised.
Full article available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7283112/