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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 2012): Mental health services - overseas

Building capacity of local governments, service users and carers to scale up provision for community mental health services in Africa: a case study of Kenya and Uganda

J. Kingori and C.A. Ntulo

Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care, vol. 4, 2011, p. 53-59

Mental illness accounts for an estimated 14% of the global burden of disease, with significant growth in this burden anticipated in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through the year 2020. Yet the majority of people with mental disorders worldwide receive no treatment. Community-based approaches have gained popularity in recent years to fill this treatment gap in LMICs. This paper presents a case study of the work of the UK charity BasicNeeds to implement community mental health programmes in Kenya and Uganda. Their model consists of: 1) empowering people with mental disorders to speak about their illness and choose whether or not to get treatment; 2) various professionals, para-professionals and lay health workers coming together to participate in treatment of mental disorders in the community; 3) developing people's skills so that they can work; 4) management and administration to bring together partnerships; and 5) research centred around people with mental disorders.

Supporting people with learning disabilities in health & social care

E. Broussine and K. Scarborough (editors)

London: Sage, 2012

This book will equip students as well as professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with people with learning disabilities in primary, secondary and specialist healthcare settings. It is written by leading academics and practitioners in the learning disabilities field and examines and discusses core issues, while a case-study approach ensures a solid grounding in practical skills. The book concludes with a review of professional practice which includes codes of conduct, person centred care and ethics.

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