Ghana

PARTNER

WHO

Promoting recovery and respect for human rights for people with mental health conditions through an e-training course

2018 - 2020

In recent years the government of Ghana has taken positive steps to improve the situation faced by the 2.8 million people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities in the country. A new Mental Health Act and the establishment of a Mental Health Authority have all created momentum. Yet in order to promote human rights and recovery effectively and sustainably in all settings and at all levels, it is essential to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices among all mental health stakeholders.

To this end we are supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) in a project that uses an e-training foundation course with online coaching on mental health, human rights and recovery to strategically build capacity and change attitudes among a wide range of national stakeholders. This will promote attitudes and practices that respect the dignity and rights of people using services and holistic, person-centered and recovery-oriented care and support. An assessment of quality care and human rights will be carried out to evaluate the impact of the project in Pantang Hospital, one of the three public psychiatric hospitals in Ghana.

A key feature of this project is that it harnesses the disseminating properties of new and innovative technologies to strengthen knowledge and skills in the areas of human rights and recovery. It is anticipated that this project will massively scale up training, directly improving the lives of more than 10,000 people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities and, indirectly, their families and communities. Moreover, the estimated 5,000 stakeholders receiving the e-training will directly benefit from it by improving their knowledge and skills.

Project highlights

Activities and beneficiaries

1

e-training course created

20

policy makers and health planners involved

2000

health professionals trained

1000

mental health professionals increased their capacity

100

families and care partners increased their knowledge of mental health

28

mental health, disability and general health NGOs underwent the e-training

50

journalists and key media persons reached

250

student nurses and doctors at medical colleges improved their practice

10000

people with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities received better care

1000+

social workers and staff at faith-based organizations improved their capacity