Appreciating Africa’s Footprint in Advancing Global Mental Health

Masipulo Sithole, Jr., a graduate student in international development at Johns Hopkins University, presents “Appreciating Africa’s Footprint in Advancing Global Mental Health” at the 2012 Alternatives Conference in Portland, Oregon.

At age 14, Sithole migrated from Harare, Zimbabwe to the United States and found himself trying to fit into a small town in rural Ohio, the only black student in his high school. He discusses the implications of culture shock, identity crises, and a significant clash in cultural values. After 10 years in Ohio, Sithole returned to Zimbabwe to revisit his roots and examine the mental health landscape in his homeland. This is latest in a series of conference presentations which will be featured on


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