QualityRights Ghana: Dr Akwasi Osei,CEO Mental Health Authority, presents certificate to a successful participant of the QualtiyRights e-training

The World Health Organization is offering
a free international course in mental health to some 50,000 Ghanaians who are
interested in ending discrimination, abuse in mental health and its related

Known as the QualityRights in Mental
Health e-training, and its currently online and accessible to anyone living in
Ghana. The QualityRights in Mental Health was launched in
February 2019
by the
Mental Health Authority and its partners
with support from the WHO and has
since seen thousands of Ghanaians signing up and completing the program.
Successful persons have already received free Certificates from the World
Health Organization.

The QualityRights e-training aims at
training 50,000 people in Ghana who will directly help improve the lives of one
million people living with mental health conditions & intellectual
disabilities. The e-training will be supplemented by face-to-face capacity
building within the limits of available resources, targeting some groups across
the country.


The QualityRights e-training
platform is available for everyone in Ghana. It is developed into various
gamified and interactive formats like videos, audios, pictures, fact sheets,
discussion forums, peer learning and coaching allowing users to start and
finish the course at their own pace.

The 16-hour course is divided into
six modules, namely;

  • Understanding human rights
  • Promoting human rights in mental health
  • Improving mental health and related service environments and promoting community inclusion
  • Realizing recovery and the right to health in mental health and related services
  • Protecting the right to legal capacity in mental health and related services
  • Creating mental health and related services free from coercion, violence and abuse

The course is recognized by the
Mental Health Authority under the Ministry of Health in Ghana. It also serves
as an opportunity for professional nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, social
welfare workers, teachers, security personel who may require it as a Continuing
Professional Development (CPD). The course also targets persons with
psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, families, care partners
and other supporters.

Click here to start
your course today and earn a certificate for free

WHO QualityRights Ghana initiative

The human rights violations and poor
quality of care and support for people with mental health conditions,
psychosocial and intellectual disabilities have been well documented in recent
UN, Human Rights Watch and other reports. These violations are occurring in
mental health services, in faith-based settings (including prayer camps) as
well as in the community more generally.

There is a momentum in Ghana to
improve this situation, with the introduction of a new Mental
Health Act (2012)
, the creation of a Mental Health Authority aimed at
promoting good quality and humane care through policy and integrated services,
as well as activities being carried out by civil society partners to promote
and protect the rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual
disabilities and mental health conditions.

In order to effectively and
sustainably promote rights and recovery in all settings and at all levels,
however, it is essential to improve knowledge, attitudes, and practices among
all mental health and disability stakeholders, including people with
psychosocial and intellectual disabilities. To date, however, widescale
capacity building remains a major gap in efforts taken at the national level.

It is for this reason the
QualityRights in Mental Health initiative is happening in Ghana, under the
courtesy of the Mental Health Authority and its partners with support from the
WHO. It is expected to run for 3 years.

At the end
of the three-year programme, QualityRights is expected to have fostered the
provision of holistic services that comply with recovery principles and
international human rights standards. The initiative is also expected to help
transform community attitudes towards people with mental health conditions and
such people will begin experienced better health outcomes and respect for their
rights in all aspects of their lives.