Autistic children in Africa suffer from stigma

Autism affects the way a child communicates and sees the world, but with only 50 child psychiatrists in Africa, it requires specialised care that most Africans don't have.

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    According to the UN, one in every 160 children suffers from autism. With only 50 child psychiatrists in Africa for a population of a billion people, autism is rarely diagnosed and children with autism and their carers suffer in silence.

    The disorder is often seen as a curse treated by traditional healers in some parts of the continent.

    Al Jazeera's Nicolas Haque reports from Dakar, Senegal's capital, where a ward is helping medical staff and carers to deal with the stigmatised disorder.


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