This episode offers an in-depth discussion on women’s mental health within the Gambian context, delving into challenges they encounter, such as limited access to quality health care services and weak societal support systems. Our guest speaker, Modou Ceesay, underscores the significance of women’s health and elucidates predominant mental health issues women face, including depression and drug-induced psychosis. He elaborates on how socio-economic shifts adversely affect women’s mental health and how these concerns are often overlooked within communities. A central theme is the insufficient access to quality healthcare services, a consequence of inadequate infrastructure, scarce healthcare supplies and high costs, limited staffing and security, and the challenge of reaching a broader swath of the country. The episode concludes with Ceesay pinpointing various shortcomings in the healthcare delivery system, offering potential solutions and suggesting methods to better protect mentally vulnerable individuals within our communities.
Modou Ceesay’s Bio
Mr Modou Ceesay is psychiatric nurse who has been in the field for over eight years now. He works at the only mental institute in The Gambia, Tanka Tanka. This is where he dedicates most of his time attending to patients/clients in need of his services. He studied psychiatric and behavioral health therapy due to his passion to support mentally challenged individuals and give back to his community by supporting these individuals and sharing his knowledge with his community and The Gambia at large, on how to help such individuals.
He first studied nursing at The Gambia college school of nursing and midwifery. He further studied Mental health and psychosocial support services at Haccetepe university in Ankara.