POFO on NPR Morning Edition

“Regardless of whether they’re placed with extended family members or in institutions, the researcher’s found that the one thing the children need is a stable living situation. They don’t do well if they’re bounced from one place to another. Having consistent long-term caregivers and steady sibling-like connections to other kids is also important.

‘So creating a family-like environment is what is really important,’ Whetten says. ‘And that can happen in a family setting in a small home or it can happen in an orphanage slash institution slash group home like SOS.'”

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“The majority of the world’s population lives in low-income countries with extremely limited access to mental health care. This gap is largest in African nations, which have the world’s lowest ratio of mental health professionals: just 1.4 per 100,000 people. For more than a decade, a multinational team of researchers has been exploring ways to close that gap for nearly 50 million orphans in Africa who are grieving the loss of one or both parents. HIV/AIDS and respiratory infections are the leading cause of death. Being orphaned predicts other problems – problems like substance abuse, dropping out of school, or unemployment. Orphans are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior that may lead to new cases of HIV — and perpetuate a vicious circle.

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Dr. Rae Jean Proeschold Bell, Associate Research Professor at the Duke Global Health Institute and CHPIR, recently co-wrote a book that documented and discussed the findings from the Duke Clergy Health Initiative. The book, Faithful and Fractured: Responding to the Clergy Health Crisis, was published in May by Baker Academics. 

“Clergy suffer from certain health issues at a rate higher than the general population. Why are pastors in such poor health? And what can be done to help them step into the abundant life God desires for them?

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