Gede hosting Mental Health Dialogue and NACA’s Sub Committee on Mental Health meetings

Today, Gede hosted and Chaired two important meetings – (i) a presentation by the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (as part of Gede’s Mental Health Dialogue Programme) on the Psychological Impact of Sexually Transmitted Infections, a much overlooked yet serious public health issues, most particularly in teenagers and adolescents. As with so many mental health issues, the key issues focus on stigma and awareness raising as well as the gap between the number of people needing treatment and the number of health care professionals available to provide it, and, (ii) NACA’s Technical Working Group for Care and Support Mental Health Sub-Committee which is tasked with developing a working model of integrating the screening and treatment/referral of a range of mental health conditions (yet to be defined) in HIV-AIDS care and support regimes run by Adherence Counsellors. The first meeting of the Sub-Committee reflected on a number of key issues, particularly the practicality of asking busy lay health workers to add even more activities to their already full work load. The Sub Committee is due to report back to the Technical Working Group by the end of April 2015