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Mental health in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a post-crisis country challenge

  • Michel Okitapoy On'okoko (a1) (a2), Rachel Jenkins (a3), Samuel Mampunza Ma Miezi (a2), Daniel Okitundu Luwa E Andjafono (a2) and Ildephonse Muteba Mushidi (a2)...

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The delivery of mental healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, is influenced by geography, politics, legislation and the structure of the health system, as well as traditional beliefs and culture.

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Mental health in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a post-crisis country challenge

  • Michel Okitapoy On'okoko (a1) (a2), Rachel Jenkins (a3), Samuel Mampunza Ma Miezi (a2), Daniel Okitundu Luwa E Andjafono (a2) and Ildephonse Muteba Mushidi (a2)...
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