BasicNeeds Ghana Livelihoods Programme
For a population of nearly 24 million, Ghana has only 12 practising psychiatrists. There are only three psychiatric hospitals all of which are in the south of the country, with few options for care outside these facilities. Resources are reaching less than 10% of people who are in desperate need of assistance. Since there are widespread beliefs that mental illness and epilepsy are connected to witchcraft and evil curses, many people resort to traditional healers whose treatment can be brutal.
What does the BasicNeeds programme do?
As one of the largest members of the BasicNeeds family, BasicNeeds Ghana works across Northern Ghana, mid-Ghana and Accra metropolitan area to deliver holistic mental health and development services. There is a strong emphasis on the human rights of people with mental illness and support to Self-Help Groups who are not only active in poverty reduction initiatives but who are also organised through District Associations into a national user-led advocacy movement, the Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG). BasicNeeds Ghana and its partners were instrumental in getting the new Mental Health Act passed through parliament, providing an institutional framework for the delivery of community-based mental healthcare across the whole country. BasicNeeds Ghana is now working closely with the Ghana Health Services to ensure sustained service delivery through government health systems within this framework.
Our impact to date
As of September 2013, we have reached 22,510 people with mental illness and epilepsy, 18,008 carers and 74,958 family members in Ghana.
For more information on the BasicNeeds Ghana Programme, view Ghana Fact Sheet
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