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"Before Samuel fell sick, we were doing everything together," says 30 year old Martin Donkoh (right), a nursing student from Ghana, about his brother, 28 year old Samuel (left), who has schizophrenia. After Samuel fell sick, “We wondered if God forgot about us — if he’d forsaken us,” Martin said. The Donkoh family sought help for Samuel’s mental health condition at the Nazareth Prayer Camp however his condition worsened. He was often chained up to stop him walking off. Samuel has since left the camp and is now an in-patient at Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in Ghana.
Of the 2.4 million Ghanaians living with mental health conditions only 3 percent receive care at medical facilities (according to the World Health Organisation). Filling the void are thousands of prayer camps offering the promise of a cure through prayer. These camps operate without mental health professionals and virtually no government oversight. -
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