The Mental Health and Poverty Project: Mental health policy development and implementation in four African countries - HD6 - Final report. 23 July 2010.
This final report presents the highlights of the research, achievements (research outputs and purpose), lessons learnt and long term sustainability of the research.
In Phase 1 (2006-2008) a large scale situation analysis of mental health policy development and implementation was conducted in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. In all four countries this was the first time that a comprehensive situation analysis of this kind had been conducted. The situation analysis provided new knowledge regarding the countries' mental health systems, through the administration of the WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental health Systems (WHO AIMS); new knowledge regarding current mental health policy, plans and legislation, through the administration of the WHO Checklists for Mental Health Policy and Plans and for Mental Health Legislation; and new knowledge regarding the opinions of a large number of mental health stakeholders about mental health policy development and implementation in each country, through semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
In Phase 2 (2008-2010), on the basis of these situation analyses, several policy, planning, legislation, information systems and district primary health care interventions were undertaken in the countries. These intervention studies provided practical realisation of the RPC’s purpose, namely that \"Mental-health policy development and implementation in Ghana, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia were increasingly based on evidence emerging from the mental health RPC.\"