"CONDEMNED - Mental health in African countries in crisis"
Former mental health facility on the outskirts of Monrovia, Catherine Mills Psychiatric Hospital, destroyed in the civil war and now occupied by refugees from the war. Dr Janice Cooper, country representative for health and the Project Lead for mental health for The Carter Center in Liberia: "We had a state of the art mental health hospital that provided services all the way from screening, assessment, and treatment, to rehabilitation and vocational rehab. At any given point, the facility had 12 to 15 psychiatric nurses that were trained abroad as well as at one point 6 psychiatrists from different countries as well as from Liberia. Fighting forces went into the hospitals, opened up the doors and many of the people who were mentally ill were shot because they were not rational enough to follow the orders or not rational enough to understand the dangers. And on the part of the fighting forces they were not used to people not following their orders. Catherine Mills is completely destroyed. Today we are rebuilding a system for mental health but I always like to remind the nurses and physician assistant we trained that we did have a system before." Photo Robin Hammond/Panos. Liberia, January/February 2013.