Developing Effective Mental Health Policies and Plans in Africa. 7 key lessons

Abstract

A review of the mental health policies and plans of four African countries was undertaken as part of the Mental Health and Poverty Project (MHaPP). Using the WHO checklist on mental health policy and plans, the policies of Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia were analysed. Seven key lessons emerged that may be useful for other low and middle-income countries undertaking policy reform. Recommendations are presented under the following headings:
1. Strong and clear commitment from government
2. Involvement of stakeholders
3. Realism about what can be achieved and how
4. Elaborated policy areas for action
5. Internationally recognised best practices
6. International human rights standards
7. Formulation of mental health strategic plans to implement policy

Citation

Mental Health Policy and Service Development, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 3 pp.

Developing Effective Mental Health Policies and Plans in Africa. 7 key lessons

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