BasicNeeds-Ghana engages GHAFTRAM, GHS on Torture

Tamale- BasicNeeds-Ghana, a mental health and development advocacy organisation, has held a relationship-building session for formal and informal health care providers on strengthening access to quality rehabilitation to survivors of Torture and Organized Violence (TOV).

The engagement, which was organised in collaboration with the Mental Health Society of Ghana (MEHSOG), brought together members of the Ghana Federation of Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Associations (GHAFTRAM) and administrators and psychiatric nurses from Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The meeting amongst others was for the participants to broaden their perspectives and upgrade their knowledge and skills on quality health care for the vulnerable and survivors of TOV to keep with the changing times.

They were taken through the six principles of Trauma-informed Approach, which included; safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment and choice, and cultural, historical and gender issues.

It formed part of a project dubbed Strengthening Access to Timely and Quality Rehabilitation to Survivors of Torture and Organised Violence in Ghana with sponsorship from the Danish Institute against Torture (DIGNITY Institute).

Mr Peter Yaro, Executive Director of BasicNeeds-Ghana, whose speech was read on his behalf during the day’s meeting in Tamale, underscored the need for participants to play their respective roles towards ensuring sustainable rehabilitation of survivors of TOV.

Mr Yaro said capacity limitations and contingencies sometimes caused practitioners to abuse the rights of patients, a situation, which remained a serious challenge to mental health care delivery.

He assured the participants of BasicNeeds-Ghana’s readiness to continue to create platforms for the promotion of the wellbeing of victims of TOV, urging continued collaboration between GHAFTRAM and GHS to better the lives of the vulnerable people.

Mr Mumuni Fuseini, Northern Regional Mental Health Coordinator lauded the meeting saying it was reassuring witnessing the frank exchanges and the strategies agreed on by participants, and thanked BasicNeeds-Ghana for its efforts towards sustaining the mental health delivery system in the country.

Mr Fuseini sad Rehabilitation is an area where the need is decidedly dire and this project could not have come at a better time. We hope that the project will be expanded to cover more districts in the region.

Mr Inusah Iddrisu, a Senior Principal Investigator at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice said the dimensions and consequences of torture were many and menacing urging participants to speak out against human rights violations in both the formal and informal settings of care.

I urge you to be passionate about your work and that entails speaking out against violations that may come to your notice. Everyone has a right and that includes; the vulnerable people with mental and psychosocial needs, he stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency