Scaling up mental health services at district level. Lessons from district care systems in Ghana, South Africa and Uganda

Abstract

The Mental Health and Poverty Project (MHaPP) is a five year study of mental health policy, legislation and services in 4 African countries: Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Following broad situation analyses in each of the four countries involved in the MHaPP study, three areas of intervention were identified. These included improving policies, plans and legislation for mental health, mental health information systems and developing district-based models of service delivery. These interventions were undertaken during the second phase of the project. In Ghana, South Africa and Uganda, mental health services were integrated into primary health care systems in typical resource-poor districts using a task shifting approach which refers to capacitating non-specialists to provide mental health care.

Citation

Mental Health and Poverty Project Policy Brief No. 13, DFID, London, UK, 8 pp.

Scaling up mental health services at district level. Lessons from district care systems in Ghana, South Africa and Uganda

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