Building a stronger movement for enhanced inclusive sexual reproductive health and rights information and services for poor and vulnerable women and youth affected by mental disorders in Ghana
The project is a 24-month project funded by the AmplifyChange fund under the network grant. This project is to enable the ‘Mental Health Alliance’ strengthen its ranks and capacities to contribute to enhanced and inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) information and services for poor and vulnerable persons living with mental illness or epilepsy in Ghana.
Three region-based chapters of the ‘Mental Health Alliance’ will be strengthened through training and peer learning, and better organisation to in turn work to empower 60 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) of persons with mental illness or epilepsy, at least, 3200 (2000 female) members to assert and realise SRHR. This initiative is addressing a huge unmet sexual and reproductive health care need among poor and vulnerable adults and adolescents in Ghana.
This will bring about increased sexual knowledge, maximisation of options for family planning, decreased Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), pregnancies and stigma, as well as general behavioural and attitudinal change towards SRHR education and initiatives in Ghana. Maternal mental health will be enhanced, among pregnant women and girls, mothers and their
BasicNeeds-Ghana is a mental health and development advocacy organisation that implements and promotes initiatives to transform the lives of people with mental illness or epilepsy by providing access to integrated mental health care, social and economic services in the communities of Ghana.
In the process, we empower individuals and their families and involve communities and partner with government and other organisations to influence public opinion and policy and enable people with mental illness or epilepsy to live and work successfully in their community.