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New maternal mental health project in Ghana

Posted on November 6, 2015 by

UK-AID-for websites smallWe are delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing a new UK Aid Direct grant to improve maternal mental health in Ghana. Combining the BasicNeeds Model and a maternal health intervention, this 3 year programme will have an impact on 29,520 people including pregnant women and mothers and children.

The project implemented by BasicNeeds Ghana and in-country partners, aims to contribute to improved maternal health and livelihoods outcomes among poor and vulnerable women and girls in target districts in Ghana, specifically in the Upper West Region, Upper East Region, Northern Region, Brong-Ahafo Region, and Greater Accra Region. This will be through enhancing the quality and accessibility of maternal mental health services, in combination with behaviour change and income generation strategies. To achieve this, the project will aim to:

1.Strengthen the capacity of existing facility and community based Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services and psychiatric health staff to deliver a ‘Stepped care intervention for maternal mental health care’ model

2.Improve access to quality and appropriate maternal and child health services targeting women and their children

3.Enable vulnerable pregnant women and mothers to participate in income generation activities

4.Support mental health service users and their care-givers to better organise themselves to advocate for quality maternal mental health services

5.Influence knowledge and attitudes around maternal mental health to reduce stigma and discrimination in target communities and promote change in maternal mental health policy.

The primary beneficiaries of the project will be 29,520 people which includes pregnant women and adolescents, young women, mothers, and children (0-2 years). There will be a strong focus on women already living with mental illness who are pregnant or are mothers who will be supported to access the antenatal and post-natal health care services they require.

A total of 190 health facilities will be part of the project, from 74 targeted districts across 4 regions. These will include district hospitals, sub-district health centres and private maternity homes in the regional capitals.

Photos: BasicNeeds Ghana

BasicNeeds Ghana - Training for Midwives in Wa (38) BasicNeeds Ghana - maternal mental health project

Training for midwives in Wa                          Participant recovering from mental illness


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