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Benno de Keijzer This chapter is part of a long-term joint research effort in Mexico , focusing on men’s violence,1 and a more personal analysis of men and. 2Marina Subirats and Amparo Tome, Paulas de observacion del sexismo en el dmhito educativo ”Benno de Keijzer, “Patemidad y transicion de genero. For a sense of the significance of the work that Benno de Keijzer has been doing with Salud y Genero, see Gabriela Rodriguez and Benno de Keijzer, La Noche.

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For Benno, this is a process of listening at least as much as training.

Centre for Gender and Global Health – Benno De Keijzer

In the interim, these draft beno will help focus local experiments. One of the reasons the statistics are so alarming is that the problem keijjzer mental ill health is difficult to measure. Here he helped crystalize and spread the effective methodologies being developed at the grassroots. While recognizing that many specifics are different, he believes that many of the basic principles at work in the popular health movement will apply to the brnno health field.

Since Mexico is now in the middle of rapid urbanization and structural economic change and dislocationMexicans are experiencing higher than average levels keijzdr stress and disruption of key keijezr structures, such as the family. In the process, he is stimulating the development of a new field of popular psychological care that listens to and incorporates local and historical cultures and their ways of thinking about keojzer dealing with mental health. While useful, they underlined for him the need to develop specific procedures local general health workers realistically could master and use effectively.

The benefits of a similar process are already now apparent in the popular medical health field. He returned to Mexico permanently in and became involved with a group serving popular communities in Mexico City and helped it introduce many of the lessons he had learned previously while serving some of the region’s most disadvantaged communities. However, he became increasingly concerned both with how medicine might reach the disadvantaged majority and also with the possible value of traditional medicine.

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Benno’s initial studies, done in coordination with other health PVOs, point to four major areas of mental ill health that are well-suited to community level care: Skip to main content.

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Benno’s beginning point, therefore, is training local general health promoters how to recognize and deal with mental disorders. A recent meeting of Ashoka Fellows in Cuernavaca focusing on the problems of Mexican youth drew a troubling composite picture from many different communities.

Benno was born in Mexico of Dutch immigrant parents. It’s not like other more easily identifiable illnesses since it can take a variety of forms: While communities and their neighborhood health para-professionals have learned that medical knowledge is not the exclusive domain of university ekijzer doctors, and have started to deal with a great number of health problems themselves, the same situation has not developed in the field of mental illness.

Consequently, over the next several years, he will devote a major part of his time to establishing both an array of such practical means and an overall theoretical framework for dealing with psychological disorders at the community level. His initial focus is on the following topics: These ve led him to undertake studies in social anthropology.

Benno De Keijzer

As quickly as possible he will translate the results of these experiments into accessible and low cost teaching materials and manuals for community health promoters. Developing these tools and an overall framework will involve not only researching the different perspectives offered by psychology, anthropology, and cultural sociology but also, and probably more important and congenial, working together closely in action research with the promoters.

The procedures have, by and large yet to be worked through, acceptance won, and training courses for village health workers begun.

Probably keijzed the long-term, the most innovative aspect of his work resides in his openness to incorporating traditional language, categories, and curing techniques for mental illness into a wider theoretical framework.

Whereas doctors, especially in the PVO popular health movement have learned to adopt effective traditional diagnostic categories, frames of thinking, and both procedures and medicines, the same is not true for psychiatrists and psychologists.

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After testing, discussion, and revision they will carry these reforms far and wide.

Especially in the area of psychology, the healers must connect with the minds of their patients on the patient’s terms in order to succeed. Benno’s vision and commitment to bringing effective keihzer health care to most Mexicans grows out of the several major strands of his life experience so far — seeing the urgency of the need at both the rural and urban grassroots and having played a central role in helping medical workers learn how to provide appropriate physical health care to the majority through community self-help and the good sense to listen carefully to his clients.

He initially trained as a doctor at the national university. Over the last several years, Benno has coordinated a variety of national and Central American workshops intended to build awareness, chiefly in medical circles, of the need for broad mental health care action.

Benno is working to fill an urgent theoretical–and very practical–gap in community medicine, both in Mexico and throughout Latin America, namely, the lack of an appropriate model for dealing adequately with mental sickness.

It also reported such disturbing results as an unprecedented and high incidence of unmarried teenage mothers in remote mountain villages. It began by summarizing many of the breakdowns and sources of disillusion facing young people, ranging from missing migrant laborer fathers to dismal job prospects. Although there are few reliable statistics, mental ill health is a major burden for much of the population, either as a direct affliction or indirectly as one person’s illness affects their family, workplace, and community.