As Mental Healthcare Needs Increase, Public Services Fail to Keep Up

Photo by Malek Khemiri, courtesy of Nawaat.

In 2019, Tunisia ranked third in the African continent in terms of the number of people suffering from depression, with more than a half million people suffering from this mental illness, according to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics. Mental healthcare professionals say that the need for such healthcare is increasing, yet the public healthcare system is not adequate to treat all patients.

Razi Hospital is Tunisia’s only public hospital dedicated to entirely to mental health, located on the outskirts of Tunis. For Rim Ghachem Attia, head of department at Razi and a professor at the Tunis University Medical Faculty, they do not have enough resources or staff to do their job properly…

This article was produced as part of a reporting partnership between Meshkal and Nawaat.To read the full report, click here.

Fadil Aliriza contributed to this report.