Thematic working group 6: Integration of mental health in the communities
- Moderator: Ms Consolata Mayondo
- Mr Abdoulaye Sow and Mr Amadou Lamarana Diallo (Guinea)
- Mr Alex Won and Mr Boniface Kaba You (Côte d’Ivoire)
- Discussant: Mr Souleymane Coulibaly (Mali)
According to the WHO, appropriate services should be available across the mental health continuum and in line with definitions of quality of care. This means that services are based on the best contextualized evidence available; are respectful, caring and rights-based; are fully integrated into health and social care systems; are culturally appropriate; are appropriately staffed by a trained and capacitated workforce; and affordable and evidence-based treatments and medications are accessible. Where possible, these services should be community-based and include rehabilitative services as well as specialist care for specific groups, including children, adolescents, new mothers and the elderly or people confronted with violence,… How do such recommendations sound in the African context? How are they experienced in the field? In this session, clinicians will share their views and propose ways to translate these sometimes far away ideals into reachable goals.