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Bangladesh: Schizophrenia and autism treatment, services, and societal attitudes

Research questions

  1. Is treatment available for schizophrenia and psychosis in Bangladesh? Is the necessary medication widely available, or are there financial barriers to accessing medication? What is the provision of therapeutic support available, e.g. mental health hospitals, therapies, psychiatrists etc.?

  2. Is there discrepancy between mental health support in larger cities like Dhaka vs. smaller cities like Jessore, or is there discrepancy across the regions?

  3. Is there societal and economic discrimination against people with schizophrenia and related psychotic-disorders? e.g. do they face cultural / social stigma? Do they face issues with accessing employment and housing? Are they rejected by family, community, etc.?

  4. What is the medical context for children with autism growing up in Bangladesh? What paediatric diagnostic and assessment provision is there for autism in Bangladesh? What support and treatment are available, or lacking, within the country's healthcare system for children with autism?

  5. What is the educational context for children with autism in Bangladesh? Is education for children with autism accessible, affordable and widely available? What are the barriers to accessing it?

  6. What is the social context for children with autism / families with a child that has autism / adults with autism, in Bangladesh? Is there evidence of discrimination or social stigma against autism? What are general societal attitudes? Does this impact certain people more, e.g. women, because of the custom of arranged marriages etc.