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Ghana Somubi Dwumadie

Ghana Somubi Dwumadie (Ghana Participation Programme) is a four-year disability inclusion programme in Ghana, which focuses on mental health and is funded with UK aid from the UK government.

The programme is run by an Options’ led consortium, which consists of Basic Needs Ghana, Kings College London, Sightsavers International and Tropical Health, and focuses on four key areas:

  1. Promoting stronger policies and systems that respect the rights of people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities
  2. Scaling up high quality and accessible mental health services
  3. Reducing stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities, including mental health disabilities
  4. Generating evidence to inform policy and practice on the effectiveness of disability and mental health programmes and interventions

Programme results

  • Provided grants and capacity building support to seven civil society organisations to ensure that people most affected by COVID-19 receive psychosocial support
  • Supported 171 self-help groups to re-open and operate safely during the pandemicSupported MHA with the development of the Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Celebrated World Mental Health Day activities across Ghana, calling for increased investment in mental health
  • Supported the NCPD’s ‘maiden’ Disability Summit on International Day of Persons with Disabilities 
  • Conducted a joint assessment with the MHA on the supply of psychotropic medicines
  • Rapid assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on people with disabilities, including people with mental health disabilities, which informed the programme’s COVID-19 interventions 

Learn more and find a range of resources on our programme website:

Our experts

  • Lyla Adwan-Kamara
    Lyla's experience spans both the corporate and development sectors, including living and working in Sierra Leone, with a focus on encouraging participation and supporting people to speak up. Prior to joining Options, Lyla was CEO at a User-Led Deaf and Disabled People's Organisation, leading policy work and advice and advocacy programmes, including hate crime prevention, for people with disabilities, including mental health disabilities.
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