Developing Countries: Mental Health Services

Department for International Development written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans she has to support the training of mental health professionals in low and middle income countries.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

In DFID's Disability Inclusion Strategy published last December, we committed to step up our work on mental health. We are taking a comprehensive and rights-based approach that promotes well-being for all, including those with psychosocial disabilities. We also work to strengthen health systems so that countries are able to meet the health needs of their population and improve the provision, equity and quality of mental health services, including building health worker capacity. In February 2019 DFID announced its support for the largest country roll-out of WHO’s Quality Rights initiative in Ghana, which delivers training among health and non-health professionals to improve quality of care across all mental health services.

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