Gregoire Ahongbonon (1953-) - Caring for mental illness in West Africa. He founded the St Camille Association in 1994.
Grégoire Ahongbonon - Soigner les maladies mentales en Afrique de l'Ouest. Il fonde l'association St Camille en 1994.Any suggestion, improvement…? Many thanks and please, contact us…
"In certain countries in Africa and elsewhere, mental illnesses are considered to be a magical, supernatural event, caused by spirits that take over the body. People who are mentally challenged are considered dangerous or contagious and are abandoned by their families, left to wander the streets with no food and no home. Or they are chained to tree trunks, left alone, hidden from the rest of the society." (source: who.int)
"My mission is to give dignity back to people with mental disorders, through care, support, and help to reintegrate them back into society. The St Camille Association provides shelter, medical treatment and follow up for ex-patients and their families and supports their social reintegration and rehabilitation through skill training and education." - Grégoire Ahongbonon (source: who.int)