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Afa Dauda, a traditional healer, at his home in Nyankpala. In Ghana, mental illness is typically seen as having a spiritual cause, and so for many traditional or faith healers are often the first point of call. As for many Ghanaians, traditional animist beliefs sit alongside his conventional faith - Islam, in this instance - and this is reflected in his treatments. In a country of 24 million, Ghana has only 12 public psychiatrists, but approximately 45 000 traditional healers.