CASE STUDY INCREASING ACESS TO HEALTHCARE AMONG PERSONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS IN ZANZIBAR

  • Mganga Bwire Zanzibar Psychiatric Association, Kenya
Keywords: Mental health, healthcare, Zanzibar, psychiatry

Abstract

The abstract is a case study highlighting initiatives designed by the Zanzibar
Psychiatric Association (ZPA) to serve persons with mental disorders (MHDs) confined
indoors. The purpose of the program was to increase access to healthcare among confined
MHDs. This was achieved through conducting outreach programs aimed at community
awareness creation on MHDs, providing first aids to the patients and referring to the MHDs
designed hospitals. Moreover, the program focused on advocating for increased local health
budget prioritizing on mental health. A total of 63 patients reached and provided with first
aids and referred to the hospital, meanwhile 200 people form the community were educated
on MHDs. Limited funding to operationalize interventions fueled by increased demands are
some of the key challenges. We urge like-minded partners to join hands in our initiatives in
providing experts, technical advises and other resources so that we can scale-up interventions
in Zanzibar.

Published
2019-10-15
How to Cite
Bwire, M. (2019). CASE STUDY INCREASING ACESS TO HEALTHCARE AMONG PERSONS WITH MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS IN ZANZIBAR. Mental Health: Global Challenges Journal, 2(1), 18-20. https://doi.org/10.32437/mhgcj.v2i1.44