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National Strategic Plan for Mental Health Services 2019 - 2023

Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe Country Resources Mental Health Strategies and Plans Zimbabwe Policy document

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This National Mental Health Strategic Plan of 2019 to 2023 follows the Zimbabwe National Strategic Plan for Mental Health Services of 2014 to 2018 which was based on the Zimbabwe National Mental Health Policy of 2007 before which mental health services had been guided by the Zimbabwe Mental Health Plan of Action of 1984. These previous policy and planning documents were all developed in consultation with various stakeholders as was done for this plan as well.

This strategic plan aims to improve mental care in Zimbabwe by: improving the quality of our mental health service delivery and patient care in line with international best practice; improving mental health awareness and empowering our communities; promoting research and development of locally relevant, innovative solutions to challenges in our mental health system; reviewing our legislation in line with current international guidelines and strengthening our human resources through training and skills development.

From 2019 to 2023 we will target several high priority areas including improving quality of care in all mental health units; mhGAP training of non specialist health workers to improve mental health care in primary care facilities; alcohol and substance use disorder treatment; community awareness of mental health issues as well as community participation in treatment. We hope through this strategic plan, to strengthen the mental health of our nation and improve the quality of life of many Zimbabweans affected by mental illness.


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