BasicNeeds-Ghana, on 15th November 2019 disseminated key findings of its 2018 mental health resource allocation and tracking exercise carried out in 30 districts in 5 regions of Ghana to the media in Tamale. The event was sponsored by STAR Ghana Foundation under a project titled “Quality and Accessible Mental Health Care for the Poor and Vulnerable in Ghana”. In attendance were media practitioners from print, radio and TV media outlets.
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.
SMART Africa (Strengthening Mental Health and Research Training in Africa) Project is a transdisciplinary collaborative partnership funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to engage stakeholders from academia, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and local communities in Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa in addressing child mental health burden, evidence-based intervention implementation, scale-up, service gaps.
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.
BasicNeeds Ghana has donated a computer and its accessories to the Psychiatric Unit of the Mamobi General Hospital. The donation was in response to a request made by the hospital to BasicNeeds-Ghana for support in processing and storing patient hospital records. The items, which were presented at a small ceremony at the hospital on December 20th, 2017, comprised of an HP Desktop computer, a color printer and an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) unit.
BasicNeeds-Ghana, in collaboration with the mental health staff of the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal (LEKMA) Hospital held a durbar to sensitise the Chiefs and people of the Ga-Dangme Traditional Area. The durbar, funded by UK aid, was held on November 21, 2017 and was graced by the the Wulomors of the Ga-Dangme Traditional Area as well as their Mankralo and other eminent chiefs and elders of the community.
The CEO of the Mental Health Authority- Ghana, Dr Akwasi Osei, has said that the biggest problems bedevilling the mental health sector in Ghana are inadequate resources, over institutionalisation, over-medicalisation and over centralisation of mental health services. He said this on the GBC in-studio talk show, ‘Talking Point’ to mark the 2017 world mental health day.