A forum has been held in Accra to disseminate key findings from a study on torture and organised violence that people with psycho-social disability suffer in prayer camps, homes of traditional healers and within the domestic setting. The study forms part of a pilot project funded by DINGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture, titled "Building informed grounds for rehabilitation of survivors of Torture and Organised Violence". The study was conducted in Zabzugu District of the Northern Region by BasicNeeds-Ghana and in Ga West Municipality of the Greater Accra Region by the Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG).
BasicNeeds-Ghana, as a development advocate for inclusion of all marginalised population groups is happy to associate itself with the theme of this year's International Women's Day celebration - Better the Balance, Better the World. We believe women have a very critical role to play in the development of our world and therefore need to be granted access to the same opportunities as their male counterparts. We believe this will be a catalyst for the development the world needs and craves.
A week-long training is underway in Tamale to train primary stakeholders of the Maternal Mental Health Project funded by UK aid. The project, titled “Enhancing Maternal Mental Health of 29,520 pregnant women and mothers and their children to realise maternal and child health in Ghana” is intended to address mental health needs of women within the maternal and child healthcare service delivery system. Facilitators are from UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
BasicNeeds-Ghana has re-launched the UK aid funded Maternal Mental Health project during a well attended ceremony at the British Council in Accra on November 28, 2018. The five-year project, titled "Enhancing Maternal Mental Health of 29520 pregnant women, mothers and their children to realise maternal and child health in Ghana", seeks to improve the maternal and child health of poor and vulnerable pregnant women and new mothers and their children as a way of improving their quality of life.
On November 30, 2018, BasicNeeds-Ghana convened a meeting with the Greater Accra Regional Alliance for Mental Health and Development as part of a UK funded Maternal Mental Health project titled "Enhancing Maternal Mental Health of 29520 pregnant women, mothers and their children to realise maternal and child health in Ghana". The purpose of the meeting was to discuss with alliance members ways in which they could incorporate maternal mental health in their programming as civil society organisations and individuals interested in mental health development.
BasicNeeds-Ghana has begun consultations on the development of its new country strategic plan for the period 2019 to 2023. The process, which is funded by UK aid, will help the organisation come out with a comprehensive strategy and plan of action for the next five (5) years. This five-year country strategic plan, when finalised, will be the third developed by BasicNeeds-Ghana. The process is led by Shamwill Issah, a consultant with vast experience in development work, programming, strategy and fundraising.
“Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”
BasicNeeds-Ghana and Mental Health Society of Ghana Call on Government to Improve Mental Health System to Meet Needs of Young People
Today, 10th October, 2018 is World Mental Health Day. It is a day set aside by the United Nations Organisation and led by the World Health Organisation to acknowledge efforts in improving global mental health, by increasing awareness and enhancing practices and services. The 2018 World Mental Health Day is marked under the theme: Young people and mental health in a changing world.
The United Kingdom's Minister of State for Africa, Mrs Harriet Baldwin MP, took time off of her busy schedule to visit a self-help group (SHG) of people with mental illness or epilepsy and their care-givers at the Nima- CDR Community Social Center during her working visit to Ghana on August 28, 2018. This peer support group and several others are among self-help groups supported by BasicNeeds-Ghana with funding from UK aid.
BasicNeeds-Ghana has organised a meeting of multi-sectoral stakeholders to discuss new and sustainable ways of financing community mental health in Ghana. The meeting, which was held on April 5th, 2018, was organised with funding from STAR-Ghana under a project titled: “Accessible and quality mental health care for poor and marginalised persons with mental disorders”.
BasicNeeds-Ghana and its implementation partners held a Programmes’ Implementation Review and Planning Meeting in Tamale from February 21st to 23rd. The meeting which took place at the International Conference Centre of the Univerisity for Development Studies, was meant to take stock of programme implementation of the 2017 project year and plan for 2018.
UK High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency Iain Walker, yesterday February 7th, visited mental health and epilepsy service users and their primary carers in the Tolon District of the Northern Region of Ghana. The visit was facilitated by BasicNeeds-Ghana and its implementation partner in the Northern Region, Gub-Katimali Society (GKS). The High Commissioner was in the company of Philip Smith, Country Director for DFID UK in Ghana and Liberia based in Accra, among others.
Experts from mental health programmes in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria gathered in London on 16th to 22nd January, 2018 to share learning about the most effective ways to support people with mental health conditions in Africa.The five-day learning event was hosted by BasicNeeds UK, which has been part of the CBM family since 2017. It brought together three organisations that have been working to help people with mental health problems in different parts of Africa – Caritas Nyeri from Kenya, Voice Ghana from Ghana and Gede Foundation from Nigeria – along with BasicNeeds and CBM staff.
Staff of BasicNeeds-Ghana is undergoing a two-day orientation on the protocols of the project Strengthening Mental Health and Research Training (SMART) Africa. The project, which is a pilot study, is part of a larger collaboration among Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and U.S researchers funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In Ghana, the study is led by researchers from the University of Ghana in collaboration with BasicNeeds-Ghana. The training facilitators are Prof Fred Ssewamdle and Dr Ozge Bahar (both from Washington University) and Dr Apollo Kivumbi (SMART Africa Project Director, Uganda). The SMART Africa-Ghana team is comprised of Dr Emmanuel Asampong and Dr Abdallah Ibrahim, both from the School of Public Health, University of Ghana.
Staff of BasicNeeds-Ghana is undergoing a two-day orientation on the protocols of the project titled "Strengthening Mental Health and Research Training (SMART) Africa". The project, which is a pilot study, is part of a larger collaboration among Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and U.S researchers funded by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).