Slideshow - Indonesia’s mental healthcare

  • Nationwide there are some 700 psychiatrists and 48 psychiatric hospitals for a population of 240 million

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  • The country has some 19 million people aged 15 and above with mental illness

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  • An estimated one million of them have severe disorders, and are probably “beyond treatment”, a Health Ministry official told local media in 2012

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  • Only 5 percent of people in need of mental health treatment receive it, according to the Health Ministry

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  • Galuh Foundation’s regimen includes prayers, traditional herbs, counselling, and sometimes, exorcism

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  • Each patient undergoes a herbal purification, followed by a vegetarian diet, with no carbonated drinks, sugar or red meat

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  • With limited care options, some patients turn to `dukuns’, or healers believed to possess magical powers

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  • Eight of the country’s 34 provinces, including West Java Province where Galuh Foundation is based, lack any mental health treatment facility

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  • Fourteen percent of the country’s 9,000 community health centres provide mental health services

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  • Indonesia is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. World Health Organization has estimated the the rates of all types of mental disorders increase by up to 10 percent after a disaster

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Indonesia’s mental healthcare

JANUARY 2013 - Galuh Foundation rehabilitation centre, one hour’s drive from Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, provides traditional healing to some 250 mentally ill patients in a country with few medical treatment options. A shortage of trained health workers, lack of treatment options and widespread misconceptions about mental illness in Indonesia have led to reports of abusive treatment. There is one hospital bed for in-patient mental health care for every 31,000 residents, far short of needs, the Health Ministry has warned. But gauging those needs is difficult when the sick and grieving often turn to black magic in lieu of health centres, leaving no medical paper trail and scant proof of treatment failure.
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