Developing and adopting mental health laws in Africa. Lessons from Ghana, Zambia and Uganda.

Abstract

The Mental Health and Poverty Project (MHaPP) is a 5-year study of mental health policy, legislation and services in 4 African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. This policy brief deals with mental health legislation which is an essential tool for protecting the rights of people with mental health conditions, who are a vulnerable section of society. The brief is structured around the following headings:
1. What is the current state of mental health laws in Africa
2.What did we do? (Includes examples of how public support was mobilized)
3. Key obstacles faced and how these were (or could be) overcome

Citation

Mental Health and Poverty Project Policy Brief No. 11, DFID, London, UK, 6 pp.

Developing and adopting mental health laws in Africa. Lessons from Ghana, Zambia and Uganda.

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