Ghana Somubi Dwumadie is a four-year disability programme in Ghana, with a specific focus on mental health. This programme is funded with UK aid from the UK government. The programme is run by an Options’ led consortium, which also consists of BasicNeeds-Ghana, Kings College London, Sightsavers and Tropical Health.
Sightsavers is supporting the project to improve the lives of people with disabilities and mental health conditions through the programme, which launched in 2020. We’re providing technical assistance to help develop and implement policies that will uphold the rights of people with disabilities and working with organisations of people with disabilities to strengthen their ability to advocate on behalf of the disability community.
The programme will also generate research and evidence to inform better national policy-making, for example making the voting process more accessible. A key area of the project is increasing the number of quality mental health services and improving their accessibility for people with disabilities.
Good health and wellbeing is a fundamental human right. However, research from the project has also found that 85 to 98% of people experiencing mental health issues in Ghana cannot access the treatment they need. This is due to a lack of service provision, lack of trained mental health professionals, inaccessible services for people with disabilities and the stigma that surrounds mental health.
This programme is funded with UK aid from the UK government.