Traditional healers fill Nigeria mental healthcare gap

Millions suffering from mental illness go without professional help in a nation of 174 million.

    An estimated 20 million Nigerians suffer from mental illness. But many go without professional help.

    There are only 130 psychiatrists in Nigeria, which has a population of 174 million. The World Health Organisation estimates that only about three percent of the health budget goes to mental health.

    Psychiatric treatments are expensive, so many patients have no choice but to turn to traditional healers.

    Al Jazeera's Yvonne Ndege reports from Abuja.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    The War in October: What Happened in 1973?

    Al Jazeera examines three weeks of war from which both Arabs and Israelis claimed to emerge victorious.