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Zimbabwe Tackles Mental Health With 'Friendship Benches'

Doctors estimate one in four Zimbabweans battles depression or anxiety, but there are just 12 psychiatrists treating the entire population of 14 million. "We cannot possibly go the route of training psychiatrists and psychologists because it would take 15 years,” said Dr. Victoria Simms of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “How are we going to provide treatment?" Local doctors have come up with a simple, but seemingly effective, answer. Wooden seats, or...

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