John Libbey Eurotext

L'Information Psychiatrique


Letter from Benin Volume 93, issue 10, Décembre 2017

1 Centre Hospitalier Léon-Jean Grégory, 66300 Thuir, France
2 Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, 34000 Montpellier, France
3 Association Educative Mas Cavaillac, 30900 Nîmes, France
* Correspondance
  • Key words: psychiatric care, access to care, instability, stigma, psychiatric care organization, training, Africa, Benin
  • DOI : 10.1684/ipe.2017.1721
  • Page(s) : 811-6
  • Published in: 2017

We present a mental healthcare model, supported by the non-governmental organization Saint-Camille-de-Lellis. In Benin, this system has been set-up practically throughout the whole country in a manner similar to the French organizations in the same health sector. It is consistent with the recommendations of the World Health Organization. The model uses local human resources and international volunteers. Also, it is financed by private donations. We wanted to show how a local initiative has made it possible to establish an accessible, sustainable and effective psychiatric care facility on the country's level, in a difficult environment marked by extreme poverty and in the absence of social protection without any state intervention.