Neglected tropical diseases and mental health: Progress, partnerships, and integration.

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TitleNeglected tropical diseases and mental health: Progress, partnerships, and integration.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsBailey F, Eaton J, Jidda M, van Brakel WH, Addiss DG, Molyneux DH
Abbrev. JournalTrends Parasitol.
JournalTrends in parasitology
Year of Publication2018
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsChronic diseases, Depression, Disability, Global Burden of Disease study, Global mental health, InfoNTD, Major depressive disorder, Mental Health, Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN), Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), NTD NGO Network (NNN), Quality of Life, Stigma

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are increasingly recognised as major drivers of psychosocial morbidity in affected individuals and their caregivers. Nevertheless, there has remained a lack of prioritisation at the policy level of some of the most stigmatising and chronic NTDs, with subsequent under-representation within NTD programmes. In response, the Neglected Tropical Disease/Non-Governmental Organization/Network (NNN) has established a Mental Wellbeing and Stigma Task Group (MWS) to address these issues through a comprehensive research agenda. In our article, we highlight the progress in understanding the scope of the mental health impact of NTDs and the innovative practice emerging in this area. Finally, we examine opportunities for integration of mental and physical health for individuals with NTDs.

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