In November 2017, Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) started providing free psychological and psychiatric services in the Republic of Nauru.
Mental health support is being offered to everyone living in the Republic of Nauru in keeping with the “One Door for All” policy of the Government of Nauru.
The mental health support is provided in the Médecins Sans Frontières clinic, in the Republic of Nauru Hospital and to people in their homes. Médecins Sans Frontières will also train and support staff in several areas of government to boost the capacity to treat psychological and psychiatric disorders on the island. The team will conduct outreach activities to promote the services that are being provided, which will include increasing the awareness of mental health issues and trying to reduce stigma attached to seeking treatment.
The program follows a number of visits to the island over the past two years, where Médecins Sans Frontières identified gaps in the provision of mental health support and subsequently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nauruan Ministry of Health in June 2017.
Médecins Sans Frontières activities in Nauru are privately funded and we don’t receive any institutional or governmental funding.