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Why Ghana needs to invest more in mental health

Investing in mental health will have a transformative effect for Ghana, boosting economic growth and improving the health and wellbeing of citizens.

23 April 2021
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Ghana has a comprehensive Mental Health Law (2012) that has been praised by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an exemplar to other countries for its focus on integrated, community-based approaches and for framing access to care as a human right. However, while the legal and policy frameworks exist to improve mental health services, implementation remains a challenge. The majority of people with mental health conditions in Ghana – between 85 and 98% of people in need – either cannot, or do not, access the treatment they require.

Focus areas
Gender Equality Disability and Social Inclusion
Health Financing

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