Enabling Access to Mental Health Care through Telepsychiatry in Congo

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Enabling Access to Mental Health Care through Telepsychiatry in Congo, where there's currently one psychiatrist for every 2 million people. The country of over 70 million people has only 36 psychiatrists and most of them are based in capitol, Kinshasa.  The mission of Uvira Telepsychiatry Services is using emerging technology to help reach underserved populations in east Congo who lack access to psychiatric care via interactive videoconferencing without having to worry about travel burdens and visa applications. With only One psychiatrist for every 2 million people, it's difficult if not impossible to see a psychiatrist in Congo. The country of over 70 million people has only 36 psychiatrists and most of them are based in capitol, Kinshasa. "While no technology will ever take the place of personal interaction, telepsychiatry has proven effective as a medium for clinical evaluation and care where onsite resources are limited by time, distance, and financial constraints."http://ap.psychiatryonline.org

 
"I think this is a great way to impact a community remotely without travel cost"  Espoir M. Kyubwa, M.D.,Ph.D. Candidate. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Gilliam Fellow Department of Bioengineering, Jacob School of Engineering University of California, San Diego