Research suggests ways to help mentally ill in Ghana’s prayer camps

A photo of a prayer camp in the country of Ghana.

Many people with schizophrenia in Ghana spend their days chained to walls in prayer camps where they are ministered to by spiritual healers and forced to fast and pray. A new study, based on a partnership between researchers at the University of Ghana and Yale University, shows that modern medications can improve symptoms of camp residents.

The findings reported Jan. 10 in the British Journal of Psychiatry will hopefully encourage local and multinational reform efforts to upgrade conditions for mental health patients in the West African nation, the authors say.

Once you have strong scientific evidence that human lives can be improved by modern medicine, international criticisms of the current situation will be harder to ignore,” said senior author Robert Rosenheck, professor of psychiatry, and epidemiology and public health, and a faculty member at the Child Study Center.

https://news.yale.edu/2018/01/09/research-suggests-ways-help-mentally-ill-ghanas-prayer-camps