BasicNeeds -Ghana is leading the implementation of a project titled; enhancing the maternal mental health of 29,520 women in Ghana. In collaboration with four local Non- Governmental Organizations, and with funding from UKAID, the project is targeting the very poor and marginalized women with mental disorders and other vulnerable groups to ensure that women who are pregnant are screened for signs and symptoms of mental disorders and appropriately refereed for treatment.
According to the BasicNeeds- Ghana Programmes Manager, Dokurugu Adam Yahaya, though Ghana is making some gains as far as maternal mortality is concerned, the rate of decline in maternal mortality is not as anticipated, thus the need for more work to be done.
He further stressed that, as a result of pregnancy, some women go through depression without knowing and after birth, they neglect themselves and also neglect to feed or immunise their babies. Some pregnant women, he said, do not go for antenatal as a result of depression which eventually worsens their health situation and their babies as well.
“We are thinking in this project that the project will support in the training of mental health professionals to understand and support women who suffer mental health disorders and then deliver some training for community health nurses and midwives to screen the pregnant women and help identify those having some mental disorder.” He said.
Mr. Dokurugu also says traditional birth attendants will be trained to support midwives in rural and hard-to-reach areas.
Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen/ A1radioonline.com/Ghana