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Zimbabwe’s ‘Mental Health Benches’ Exported To The World Cup
Health

Zimbabwe’s ‘Mental Health Benches’ Exported To The World Cup

Video by Farai Mugano. Pictures by Jekesai NjikizanaSitting next to a patient with depression on a garden bench in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, 70-year-old Shery Ziwakayi speaks gently, offering accessible therapy with a warm and reassuring smile."You have made the right decision to come to see mbuya", she tells her client, using the Shona word for "grandmother" and offering a handshake. A Zimbabwean doctor has come up with a novel way of providing desperately needed mental health therapy for his poorer compatriots by using lay health workers, colloquially referred to as "grandmothers". Psychiatry professor Dixon Chibanda's concept is simple: a wooden park bench where people experiencing common mental disorders sit and receive free therapy. Chibanda's Friendship Bench has proved popular ...
Politics And Football: Brazil Election Edition
Politics

Politics And Football: Brazil Election Edition

Brazilian football star Neymar, who backs President Jair Bolsonaro's reelection campaign, leaving his fraud trial in Spain on October 18 Josep LAGO Text size Many dribble around the question, but the few Brazilian footballers who have taken sides in the country's polarizing presidential election have mostly backed far-right incum...