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In conflict and disaster settings, medical personnel are exposed to psychological stressors that threaten their wellbeing and increase their risk of developing burnout, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. As lay medics frequently function as the primary health providers in these situations, their mental health is crucial to the delivery of services to afflicted populations. This study — by CPI Health Advisory Team members Dr. Lawrence Stock and Andrew Lim, and partner Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, head of the Karen Department of Health and Welfare — examines a population of community health workers in Karen State, eastern Myanmar to explore the manifestations of health providers’ psychological distress in a low-resource conflict environment.
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