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Conclusion

We have provided these case studies to illustrate three core areas of GMH: the issue of language and cross-cultural communication, challenges in crosscultural measurement of mental illness, and the fundamental role that structural violence plays in driving mental illness. In our work and that of NGOs like Zanmi Lasante, we have witnessed the successful care provision that is facilitated by merging psychiatric and local conceptualizations of mental illness. In particular, we advocate for incorporating idioms of distress into clinical communication and using a hybrid universalist/particularist approach to measurement. We recognize too that ultimately, closing the mental health gap in low-resource settings becomes as much a political project as a health project (Mittelmark 2003). One way to engage in this political project and help steer GMH toward a more equitable future is to develop effective crosscultural communication and measurement techniques and work toward dismantling the underlying economic, political, and social structures that perpetuate mental health disparities.

 
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