PSYCHIATRIC AND MENTAL HEALTH CARE
Our psychiatric and mental health care units provide comprehensive and specialist care both for people with mental health disorders and for their families, offering medical treatment, psychotherapy, psycho-social rehabilitation, and support for social integration.
We provide ongoing care through each of the phases of illness, from prevention, to serious crises, to chronicity. Our aim is to help people with mental health problems to resume their life projects with dignity and maintain an adequate quality of life.
To do so, we offer various options, such as short-, medium- or long-term hospitalisation, day-care, outpatient care, and home-based care, as well as intermediate day-care and residential options for people with long-term illnesses or who require a greater level of community support, and the promotion of integration into the workplace. Lastly, we have special mechanisms in place for treating certain pathologies, such as our Therapeutic Community for people with personality disorders.
A social-healthcare service that provides integral care for elderly people suffering from multiple pathologies, functional or cognitive impairment and/or behavioural alterations.
It offers two types of care: Residential and Day Care.
These Centres are equipped with the special medical and technical resources necessary to enable us to maximise abilities and skills development in people with learning disabilities, always adapted to the individual’s specific age and requirements.
They provide the following kinds of support:
Multidisciplinary units for the neuro-rehabilitation of patients with brain damage caused by head injuries, strokes and other causes, through neuro-psychological and speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and other related medical treatments. Our aim is to teach our patients a “new way of living” in physical, mental, social and family terms.
These units are devoted to patients in advanced-terminal phases of illness, who require specialised care that includes both the control of physical symptoms and the psychological, social and spiritual support that is necessary in order to minimise the suffering of both patients and their families.
Our general hospitals are equipped with hospital beds, operating theatres and outpatient care apparatus (A&E, external appointments, day hospital posts, MAS boxes, physical rehab gyms…) for diagnosis and treatment, as well as central services (laboratories, diagnostic imaging, etc.) to support our healthcare activities, with varying service portfolios depending on their social and geographic environment.
They offer a wide range of medical-surgical specialities and specialist units and are also involved in teaching and research activities.
OTHER SERVICES IN AFRICA
PEDIATRICS Our children’s hospital in Dapaong (TOGO), called Yendube (God is there) has been operating since 1962. It has 80 hospital beds for children under 10 and offers neonatal, medical and nutritional services. It also has an intensive care unit, blood bank, laboratory and pharmacy. The outpatient appointments service, which includes psychiatry, sees nearly 200 children a day.
HIV/AIDS– The Congregation works via the “Vivir en la Esperanza” (“Live in Hope”) Association, created in 1999, to provide shelter, support and rehabilitation for people living with HIV/AIDS in the Savannah Region of Northern TOGO. Its aims include:
- Improving the standard of living of people with HIV/AIDS.
- Supporting public education to eradicate erroneous beliefs about the illness.
- Providing psychological, emotional and home-based care.
- Contributing to social integration and developing self-help activities.
- Helping in the care of people already living with HIV (spouses, orphans, families).
- Providing spiritual companionship for people with HIV/AIDS.
More than 1400 children and 1500 adults have been treated here over the years.
In 2010, with the support of the Social Development Fund (SDF), an orphanage was opened with the mission to take in, protect, cure, feed and educate children whose parents have died of AIDS.
On 18 October 2010, in recognition of this service, Sister María Stella KOUAK received the Insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honour in France for the Association’s work.