Parallel Integration is a registered volunteering organization operating within four regions of Ghana namely: Eastern, Central, Western and Ashanti.
We undertake Volunteer Hosting and Project Placement, Community Outreach Programs, and Student Exchange Programs. Our projects are developed based on needs assessment, and with the volunteer in mind.
Our mandate is to ensure: Cross – Cultural Value experience, Knowledge Sharing and Holistic Growth.
In this regard, I would appreciate it greatly if you could have a look at this short proposal for Publication and as an invitation to volunteer in our MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT alongside HEALTH FOR ALL PROGRAM if you have the space.
WHY CARRY OUT THIS PROJECT?
The Mental Health service delivery in Ghana has been one of the worst and shows no signs of recovery.
The Executive Director of the Mental Health Authority, Dr Akwasi Osei, has said that mental health care in Ghana is one of the worst on the continent and needs critical attention.
According to him, records from the outpatient departments of the major mental health care facilities - Accra Psychiatric Hospital and the Pantang and Ankaful hospitals - in 2015 indicated over 100,000 patients. Some cases also often go unreported.
According to WHO, It is estimated that of the 21.6 million (in reference to 2004 population) people living in Ghana, 650,000 are suffering from a severe mental disorder and a further 2,166, 000 are suffering from a moderate to mild mental disorder. The treatment gap is 98% of the total population expected to have a mental disorder.
However, the majority of care is provided through specialized psychiatric hospitals (close to the capital and servicing only small proportion of the population), with relatively less government provision and funding for general hospital and primary health care based services. The few community-based services being provided are private.
Mental health services in Ghana are available at most levels of care.
USEFUL LINKS ATTESTING TO THE ABOVE
For students, we normally propose a minimum of Two Weeks and Four Weeks maximum. This is to ensure that students fall within their given vacation period.
However, if students wish to do more than the proposed duration our doors are opened.
Professionals can volunteer at any convenient time and duration. In all, the duration is flexible.
-High School Students (Young adults, 13 years and above) who want to venture into medical profession,
-Students in the field of Medicine with interest for internships
-Students doing their Residency
-Professionals willing to bring their knowledge to bear.
THE PROJECT NAME
‘ MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE DELIVERY FIELD PLACEMENT AND OUTREACH PROJECT’
This project comprises of the:
- Mental health service field placement
- Outreach program
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE FIELD PLACEMENT
This phase of the project involves placement of volunteers at various psychiatric units and clinics in different parts of Ghana, within the four regions we operate for weeks depending on the length of stay. During this period volunteers will assist and be part of the psychiatric units team and will take part of all activities carried out at the unit including; home visits, case search, attending to cases, health education and talks etc.
This follows the period of field placement and involves
- Mental health and medical outreach services
MENTAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL OUTREACH SERVICES
This will involve series of public health trips, aside working in our partner hospitals (including all volunteers across all the placement sites) to prayer camps, traditional healing sites, ‘witch’ camps as tagged; that deal with mentally ill people and provision of medical and mental health services and counseling for them, support for them in terms of food, water, shelter and advocating and lobbying for the rights of the mentally ill to be respected as humans. Volunteers, accompanied by a medical officer or professional will carry out some medical screening exercise during our public health adventure, as well as dressing wounds of children, taking vitals for adults, checking malaria, blood sugar level, health education and some specific request by institutions.
Please visit our website for more information: www.parallelintegration.org
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