A manual for checking Mental Health Best Practices in Somalia

Edited by GRT and World Health Organization in 2012, this manual is an adaptation of the WHO Quality Rights Tool Kit to the Somali context. It aims at assisting policy makers and service providers in Somalia to assess and improve the quality of care and human rights conditions in mental health and social care facilities. It addresses quality care and human rights in inpatient, outpatient and community facilities by using a participatory approach involving people with mental health conditions, families and healthcare staff. All of this is in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN-CRPD, 2006), which ensures equal rights to people with disabilities and is a framework for countries to provide them with information on human rights standards that need to be respected, protected and fulfilled in mental health and social care facilities.


Chapter 1 provides background information and a brief country overview of Somalia.

Chapters 2 describes the mental health situation in Somalia, including how mental health patients are dealt with within the Somali culture as well as the various activities till date to improve mental health in the country.

Chapter 3 outlines in detail a checklist that has been adapted in order to ensure that each and every health facility providing mental health services in Somalia meets the standards and human rights of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

 A manual for checking Mental Health Best Practices in Somalia

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