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Table 1 Overview of the presence of a mental health policy/plan, whether there was a role for physiotherapists and physiotherapy research results in Sub-Saharan African countries (n = 48)

From: Physiotherapy for people with mental health problems in Sub-Saharan African countries: a systematic review

Country Official mental health policy or plan Role for physiotherapists PubMed search results
(potential relevant / obtained)
Angola (2011) Yes No 0/10
Benin (2014) No / 0/65
Botswana (2014) Yes No 0/38
Burkina Faso (2014) Yes No 0/25
Burundi (2014) Yes No 0/14
Cameroon (2011) No / 0/48
Cape Verde (2011) Yes No 0/6
Central African Republic (2014) Yes No 0/4
Chad (2011) Yes NA 0/37
Comoros (2011) Yes NA 0/5
Congo (2014) No / 0/76
Côte d’Ivoire (2014) Yes No 0/21
Democratic Rep. of the Congo (2011) Yes No 0/36
Djibouti (2014) No / 0/6
Equatorial Guinea (2014) No / 0/0
Eritrea (2011) No / 0/19
Ethiopia (2014) Yes No 0/277
Gabon (2011) No / 0/1
Gambia (2014) Yes No 0/17
Ghana (2014) Yes No 1/127
Guinea (2014) Yes NA 0/3151
Guinea-Bissau (2011) No / 0/0
Kenya (2011) Yes No 0/207
Lesotho (2014) No / 0/7
Liberia (2014) Yes No 0/14
Madagascar (2014) Yes No 0/12
Malawi (2014) Yes No 0/59
Mauritania (2011) Yes NA 0/7
Mauritius (2014) No / 0/16
Mozambique (2014) Yes No 0/13
Namibia (2014) Yes Yes 0/16
Niger (2011) Yes NA 0/94
Nigeria (2014) Yes Yes 5/878
Rwanda (2014) Yes No 1/65
São Tomé and Príncipe (2014) Yes NA 0/0
Senegal (2014) No / 0/50
Seychelles (2014) No / 0/9
Sierra Leone (2014) Yes No 1/16
Somalia (2014) No / 0/54
South-Africa (2014) Yes No 6/1632
South-Sudan (2014) No / 0/7
Sudan (2011) Yes Not checkeda 0/89
Swaziland (2014) No / 0/13
Togo (2014) Yes NA 0/55
Uganda (2014) Yes No 2/294
United Republic of Tanzania (2011) Yes NA 0/123
Zambia (2014) Yes No 0/44
Zimbabwe (2014) Yes NA 0/102
Summary 69% (33/48) has an official mental health policy % (2/22) described a role for physiotherapists 16/7859
  1. UN Unknown, NA Not available
  2. aplan written in Arabic