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Working to Improve the Mental Health Care System in Liberia

Benedict Dossen, a native Liberian and an administrator for the Carter Center’s Liberia Mental Health Program, explains what it is like to watch and help his country heal.

Liberia is a West African country nearly the size of Mississippi with a population of 3.8 million. But unlike many other countries, Liberia only has one practicing psychiatrist. The need for mental …

Carter Center Celebrates International Right to Know Day with Liberians

In celebration of International Right to Know Day on Sept. 28, 2013, The Carter Center and local partners in Liberia hosted a series of activities to raise awareness of the value of freedom of information and to encourage the use and full implementation of the country’s 2010 Freedom of Information Act.

Local Georgia Police Chief Travels with Carter Center Mental Health Program in Liberia

Moultrie, Ga., Police Chief Frank N. Lang Sr. recently traveled with the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program to Liberia where he helped train local law enforcement officers on how to support people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Carter Center Trains Youth Leaders in Liberia

Youth leader Ralph Paye holds a copy of “Mediating Interpersonal and Small Group Conflict.” Paye has attended nearly 10 Carter Center trainings on the rule of law and aspires to be a chief one day. (All photos: The Carter Center)

On Aug. 19-22, the Carter Center’s Access to Justice Project, in collaboration with Liberia’s ministries of Justice and Internal Affairs, …

Carter Center Receives Ronald McDonald House Charities Grant for Mental Health Work in Liberia

One Liberia’s first mental health clinicians, primary care nurse, Quendi Appleton celebrates receiving her diploma from the Carter Center’s Post-Basic Mental Health Training Program in August 2011. The training program is part of a partnership between The Carter Center and the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare that has dramatically improved access to desperately needed mental health services in

Carter Center’s Mental Health Work in Liberia Highlighted by New Foundation: Focusing Philanthropy

The Carter Center’s work to improve access to mental health care in Liberia is highlighted as one of 14 nonprofit recipients of a new foundation, Focusing Philanthropy, which seeks to connect potential donors across the United States with charities demonstrating strong achievements and excellent fiscal management.

Focusing Philanthropy was co-founded and is chaired by Larry Gilson, a former investment broker …

Georgia Institute of Technology Professor “Computes for Good” with Carter Center’s Mental Health Project in Liberia

Paige Rohe is assistant director, news and information, of the Carter Center’s Office of Public Information.

A torrential rain began in Monrovia, Liberia, causing the power to flicker and the Internet to shut down, but Georgia Institute of Technology professor Dr. Ellen Zegura didn’t let the disruption stop the computer and software training session she was holding with Liberia’s first …

Voting Day: Liberia’s Oct. 11 Presidential and Legislative Elections

Deborah Hakes, assistant director of the Carter Center’s Office of Public Information, reports from Liberia, where the Carter Center’s international election observation team monitored the country’s Oct. 11 elections.

All Photos: D. Hakes/The Carter Center
Liberians lined up to vote on a rainy morning in Monrovia on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Credible elections in 2011 are a key test of whether …

Liberia’s First Mental Health Clinicians Deploy to Fight Disease, Build Hope

Torrential rains in Monrovia, Liberia, Friday morning did not deter dozens of family members and friends from arriving at the Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts hours before graduation ceremonies for the nation’s first mental health clinicians began. No one wanted to miss their loved one become part of their nation’s history and hope for a better future.

Liberian Students Making History and Making a Difference in Mental Health

Dr. Janice Cooper, a native Liberian, is the Carter Center’s project lead for a new mental health initiative that, in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, is helping the nation build a sustainable mental health care system. This spring, Dr. Cooper began training Liberia’s first cadre of qualified, home-grown mental health clinicians.

My early morning walks …