South Africa’s Mental Health Care Falls By Wayside During Coronavirus Pandemic

VOA News

Published on May 27, 2020


The coronavirus has hit South Africa harder than any other country on the continent.  So far it has infected more than 23,000 people and killed more than 480.  But the disease is also impacting the mental wellbeing of many people coping with social isolation and the economic impact of the virus. 

South African Wendy Jones, 60, hasn’t been able to work for 15 years due to debilitating mental health problems.

She is not allowed to drive and, with the health care system focused on the outbreak of COVID-19, getting the right treatment has become a bigger challenge.

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