This Mental Health project aims at building the advocacy, managerial and technical capacity of CSOs, improving the quality and effectiveness of mental health service delivery and challenging the social norms that perpetuate stigma and discrimination against Mental Health. In order to do this, the project aims at educating and raising public awareness and to develop the capacity of local authorities to take an active role in the supervision of Mental Health stakeholders.
The action aims at improving the quality and effectiveness of the "Mental Health Service Delivery" in Somalia by promoting a coordinated response towards the development of Somali Non-State actors and CSO's capacities in the area of Mental Health.
Description of Activities:
During the course of the project GRT managed to assess the capacity of several private mental health centres in Somaliland and Puntland as well as in South-Central Somalia, particularly in the cities of Hargeisa, Bosaso, Qardho, Kismayu and Gebilay.
As well as this, several meetings have been organized with three private health centres in Hargeisa (Horison, Kalawle and Gebilay) that led to the draft of a Memorandum of Understanding. Moreover, incentives and technical support have been provided and the centres daily activities as well as the activities of the Hargeisa Hospital Mental Health ward have been monitored.
GRT also succeded to generate co-funding project fund for the Mental Health project with UNOPS and supported the social-working school at the Gollis University with their internship as well as collaborated with the Frantz-Fanon University.
The target group of this project involves the Somali Non-State Actors and the Civil Society Organisations while the final beneficiaries are people with mental disorders and their families.
The project significantly improved the level of engagement and participation of the CSOs in the area of Mental Health (MH) and Psychosocial Support as well as increasing the collaboration for referral by strengthening the Somaliland Mental Health Unit and the establishment of a Mental Health ward.
As a result of this project, Somaliland finalized its Mental Health policy and announced mental health as a top priorities in the health strategy and Puntland drafted its first abstract in terms of MH policy.
The quality of MH service delivery and effectiveness has been notably improved in 5 private MH centres by delivering psychotropic drugs and building managerial and technical capacities in 30 MH centres across Somailand and Puntland and the community has been significantly sensitised to the topic of human rights of people affected by mental health disorders through awareness campaigns and advocacy material.
A total of 4,732 people affected by mental health problems have been treated thorugh the project.