Orphaned and At-Risk: Responding Globally to the Needs of Children, Pt I

April 1, 2015

Children in low and middle-income countries have high rates of mental health needs that go untreated. Task-sharing approaches, in which lay counselors deliver mental health interventions, and recognition of the important contextual role of caregivers are both critical for improving outcomes for children and their families.

Frequently, efforts to address the mental health needs of children overlook the care environment of the child—be it their family, community or culture. In “Child Well-Being in Low-Resource Countries: Families, Communities and Opportunities Matter,” Duke University Professor Kathryn Whetten presents evidence from the largest longitudinal multi-country study of orphaned and separated children, which supports the need for focusing intervention on the context in which the child lives, as much as on the individual needs of the child.

Dr. Kathryn Whetten, Professor of Public Policy and Global Health, Duke University