A team of medical doctors and engineers arrived in South Sudan’s capital Juba on Wednessda on a mission to build the first psychiatric hospital in the country.

Dr Randeep Guleria, the head of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), accompanied by over 20 doctors and engineers from India met senior govt officials in Juba and signed a memo to construction the a modern psychiatric hospital in the country.

The ongoing hardships and violence associated with the conflict in the country have had pervasive effects on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of the affected population. A wide range of mental health problems exist, including problems caused by conflict-related violence, displacement and multiple losses.

The construction of the hospital will provide the services to promote and protect psychosocial wellbeing and prevent and treat mental disorders affecting the vast population in the country.