Colonial psychiatry in Anglophone southern Africa, c.1860-1960

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Regular listeners may know that, as well as being adopted by global mental health programs in a number of North American universities, this first series of podcasts is being used in the College of Medicine, University of Malawi, to help train psychiatrists. Sub-Saharan Africa has less than 1% of the psychiatrists per head of population than we have in western Europe. The Scottish Government recently gave £300,000 to the Scotland Malawi Mental Health Project to help provide trainers and training in the country. Yet resources are scarce and my podcasts are easily accessible – and free to listeners. Malawi is a former British colony established in 1891 as the protectorate of Nyasaland. It became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964 and Scotland retains strong connections, which date back to the journeys of explorer David Livingstone in the 1850s and 1860s. The second largest city in Malawi is named after Livingstone’s birthplace, Blantyre. I have been asked by the Project to prepare a special extended podcast on colonial psychiatry in Anglophone southern and eastern Africa between the late nineteenth century and the 1960s, to improve training for next year’s intake. I hope to make this ‘special edition’ available for download later in the year.

Period1 Mar 2018

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Media contributions

  • TitleColonial psychiatry in Anglophone southern Africa, c.1860-1960
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    PersonsRobert Houston


  • psychiatry
  • history
  • Colonial history
  • mental health