PHILIPPINES

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Situation

Northern region of Cebu Island, especially the municipality of San Remigio and Medellin. The Philippines, with 103 million inhabitants[1], rank 113th in the world in the Human Development Index. [2]

The country has been led since July 2016 by Rodrigo Duterte, who is pursuing controversial policies such as the restoration of the death penalty and extrajudicial executions.

Currently, the country’s economic situation is further aggravating malnutrition problems as about 28 million Filipinos are unable to afford the food needed to meet their nutritional and basic needs.

In such a context, thousands of mentally ill people in the country are still subjected to serious abuses. Stigmatized and without medical resources, they are often hindered, held in chains, kept in a cage or subjected to other methods of brutal detention. The individual is deprived of his freedom, tortured and traumatized beyond the impact of his initial illness. The resulting lesions greatly aggravate the condition of the patients, making their rehabilitation very difficult or impossible.

 

Objectives

Free a small group of people from abuse (confinement, chaining, deprivation of care) and stigma through medico-social work and rehabilitation strategy.

Inform the relatives of patients and the local population about alternatives to practices that violate these human rights.

Disseminate this modest action in the media and the specialized press, aiming to inspire similar actions on a larger scale.

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Achievements

– Evaluation of cases and mental health services on site by a psychiatrist and a representative of Vivere during an exploratory mission carried out in August/September 2018.

– Writing a report on the situation of victims to define an action strategy.

– Start a discussion with the local authorities so that a local team starts to follow the cases of the most severe mental patients whose treatment is inhuman.