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.\"
The Mental Health and Poverty Project: Mental health policy development and implementation in four African countries - HD6 - Final report. 23 July 2010.