People living with mental illness or substance use disorders are more likely to become infected with different kind of viruses and diseases. Refugees of all kind are at heightened risk for certain mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and psychosis. Mental health and well-being must be ensured for all.
Endelea supports the renewed emphasis on implementing a strong public health approach that protects or acts against known determinants of mental health that typically have their origin outside the health sector, including war and all kinds of inequality.
With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technology has become an important tool more than at any other time before to facilitate and enable work and community life. Digitalization, as catalyst for inclusive and sustainable growth in Africa, is formalized in the African Union’s Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020–2030) as a blueprint and master plan for transforming the continent’s economy and societies. There is a need to: