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Teaching psychiatry to undergraduate medical students in Somalia

  • Lauren Gavaghan (a1), Peter Hughes (a2), Khalid Saeed (a3) and Susannah Whitwell (a4)

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This paper describes a pilot project in which (for the first time, worldwide) psychiatry was taught to undergraduate medical students in Somalia using an evidence-based intervention – the World Health Organization's Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide.

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Teaching psychiatry to undergraduate medical students in Somalia

  • Lauren Gavaghan (a1), Peter Hughes (a2), Khalid Saeed (a3) and Susannah Whitwell (a4)
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