The Arab Spring movement: a catalyst for reform at the psychiatric hospital in Tripoli, Libya



Abuazza A.


Int Psychiatry. 2013 Aug 1;10(3):56-58. 2013 Aug.


Decades of neglect have left the mental health system in Libya in bad shape. Services for the entire population are scarce, highly centralised and provided only through two psychiatric hospitals in the two biggest cities of the country. There are virtually no other mental health services anywhere else in Libya. Even the most basic of services, such as the availability of psychotropic medication for people with severe mental illness, are scarce outside Tripoli and Benghazi. This paper reviews the state of the country’s mental health services since the civil war of 2011 and highlights a new fourfold approach taken by the management of the psychiatric hospital in Tripoli.

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