A mental health project has been launched to provide for the needs of mentally ill women, their children and caregiver, in Tamale.
The Maternal Mental Health project, which will be funded by the DFID/UKAID and the European Union, they will monitor about 29,520 psychologically retarded women in the following three regions of the north, Brong-Ahafo and Greater Accra Regions.
The project’s aim to train and support around 400 midwives, 800 community health nurses and 900 community health volunteers in the selected three regions.
Community-based volunteers will also be trained to recognize pregnant women who will need involvements. The very poor mental health women will be supported to form self-help groups.
The Gub-Katimali Society and Basic Needs Ghana are the two non-governmental organizations who will be the implementation agencies.
Sheikh Yakubu Abdul-Kareem, the Executive Director of Gub-Katimali Society, exposed that his organization has so far recorded a total of five thousands mentally ill citizens in the Northern Region.
He explained that the statistics forced to the formation of 104 associations of mental health people and their caregivers.
He said that those who have been stabilized will receive support to go into agro-processing, animal education and couture along with other trades.”
Adam Dokurugu Yahaya, the Programmes Coordinator of Basic Needs Ghana, advocated the need to make sure that no emotionally retarded woman usually dies during child birth.
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