Treating the causes of depression in Malawi
Ageing often brings physical complaints, uncertainty and worries. As a result, many people in rural Malawi suffer from anxiety and depression, most of them are women.
Mental health is an important factor in human well-being, and has a substantial economic impact. This also applies to rural Malawi. Recent research shows that mental stress is common. Since 2012, a research collaboration analyses and complements the long-term health data recorded in Malawi since 1998.
This is the first study of its kind. It identified social factors that influence mental health and non-communicable diseases, and it showed that physical and mental health are closely interrelated. When people are depressed, for example, they often do not eat enough proteins, which makes their problems worse. Research findings further show that depression and anxiety are widespread, and that gender differences must be taken into consideration. The Malawian government can now address the causes of these problems more specifically in its pursuit of good health and well-being.
This videoclip was produced as part of the r4d programme Digital Storytellers synthesis project. Its contents were filmed and selected by James Mwera, Invest in Knowledge Initiative, Malawi, and Iliana Kohler, University of Pennsylvania. The digital storytelling process was accompanied and supported by Paitití Lab.Watch on YouTube.
r4d Inclusive social protection for chronic health problems; https://r4d-ncd.org; http://www.r4d.ch/modules/public-health/inclusive-social-protection; Focus Malawi: https://r4d-ncd.org/projects/malawi/#more-87
A film by James Mwera and Iliana Kohler / Edited by Andre Dedeco / Produced by Sonja Schenkel, Paitití Lab