World Mental Health Casebook

Social and Mental Health Programs in Low-Income Countries

  • Alex Cohen
  • Arthur Kleinman
  • Benedetto Saraceno

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Alex Cohen, Arthur Kleinman, Benedetto Saraceno
    Pages 1-26
  3. Doris F. Chang, Xu Yifeng, Arthur Kleinman, Joan Kleinman
    Pages 27-50
  4. Annika Sweetland, Julio Acha Albújar, Dalia Guerra Echevarria
    Pages 51-79
  5. Sarah Acland
    Pages 121-152
  6. Alex Cohen
    Pages 153-189
  7. Alex Cohen, Benedetto Saraceno
    Pages 191-220
  8. Anne E. Becker, Dominic T. S. Lee
    Pages 221-236
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 237-246

About this book


In the past dozen years, the field of international mental health has been transformed from a sub-discipline that attracted only a handful of anthropologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists, into a field that has now become a major concern in international public health. The World Mental Health Casebook will serve as a resource for those engaged in the widening efforts to address the burden of mental disorders in low-income countries. The case studies contained here describe: the "Shanghai Model" of psychiatric rehabilitation for persons with schizophrenia, an extraordinary mental health program for poor patients in Lima, Peru who are undergoing treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, how Guatemalan refugee women in Mexico were trained to become mental health promoters, the development of mental health services in primary care settings in Nepal, the attempts to improve the lives of women in India through literacy programs, the radical reform of psychiatric services in Trieste, Italy, and research from Fiji and Hong Kong that shows how traditional practices can lower the prevalence of post-partum depression. Each case history, through concrete and pragmatic examples, offers lessons that can inform the functioning of services elsewhere. In general, the Casebook, will also encourage others to undertake careful documentation and evaluation of programs so that the mistakes of the past can be avoided, and the successes replicated.


International Public Health Public Health World Health Organization developing countries health healthcare rehabilitation

Editors and affiliations

  • Alex Cohen
    • 1
  • Arthur Kleinman
    • 1
  • Benedetto Saraceno
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBoston
  2. 2.World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland

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