Today, Gede played host to a representative of VOICE GHANA (www.voiceghana.org) in the person of Mr Charles Nyanta. The two organizations are exploring the potential to share possible and workable community-based mental health interventions that would be feasible for the West African sub-regions (Nigeria and Ghana). In attendance were staff from National Agency for the Control of AIDS(NACA),Network of People Living With HIV-AIDS in Nigeria(NEPWHAN) and the Organization for Positive Productivity( OPP).Voice Ghana, currently operating under theBasic Needsfranchise is adopting a community-based models focused on self-help support groups led by people with disabilities themselves.
At the end of the first day, participants are beginning to see where this might lead to in terms of cross-country comparison studies of the model, and as a tool for advocacy into a national buy-in for people with disability.
Watch this space for more information on GEDE-VOICE GHANA initiative