The World Health Organization Regional Director for Africa is calling on the Liberian Government and partners to tackle discrimination against mentally ill people through individual and community initiatives.
Dr. Matshidiso Moeti stressed the need for governments and partners to strengthen national programs, policies and legislative measures to strengthen the capacity of healthcare providers to address the growing problem of mental illness in communities and in the region.
Dr. Moeti made the call Saturday at a program marking World Mental Health Day organized by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with partners in the health sector in Liberia held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor.
He stressed that to address mental health needs through its Mental Health Gap Action Program, the WHO will support countries to improve the quality of life and well-being of persons suffering from mental health disorders.
He emphasized that WHO remains committed to continue working and supporting all governments and stakeholders by providing the needed technical support to address and restore dignity in mental health.
Dr. Moeti pointed out that some countries in the African region have implemented a range of measures to improve awareness, restore dignity and access to mental health services at all levels of the health care system, including revision of their mental health legislations, in order to protect the rights and dignity of persons with mental disorders.