Mental Health

Mental Health Services in Zimbabwe

Mental, neurological and substance use disorders contribute significantly to disease burden globally and locally. Common mental health problems in Zimbabwe include Depression and Anxiety; Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders and Organic Mental Disorders. Mental healthcare is offered mostly in government run hospitals and care is governed by the Mental Health Act of 1996, Mental Health Regulations of 1999, the Mental Health Policy of 2007 and activities are currently being implemented through the National Mental Health Strategy for 2019-2023.

 

Mission

To provide for all Zimbabweans, a comprehensive, coordinated, quality mental health service that is integrated into the general medical health system with the aim of improving the mental health of the nation

Guiding Principles

In provision of mental health care in Zimbabwe, we are guided by the following principles:

-       Mental health is a fundamental human right

-       Quality of care in service provision

-       Professionalism in service and Ethical treatment of clients

-       Decentralisation and integration of services to allow accessibility and sustainability

-       Multidisciplinary approach to care

-       Multi-sectoral approach to interventions

-       Community involvement and empowerment

-       Partnership and Collaboration with local and international partners

 

Key activities

-          Mental Health Awareness campaigns in Communities and among Health Workers

 -          Mental Health training of health care workers

 -          Provision of mental health care from primary care to district hospital, provincial hospital and specialist hospital level to children, adolescents and adults

 -          Provision of forensic mental health care

 -          Mental Health Research and Mental Health Data management

 -          Development, implementation and review of mental healthcare and substance use policies, legislations, regulations, strategies, standards of practice, and other relevant frameworks.

Mental Health Infrastructure

Zimbabwe currently has 4 tertiary psychiatric units namely Inguthseni in Bulawayo, Harare Hospital Psychiatric Unit and Parirenyatwa Annexe in Harare and Ngomahuru Hospital in Masvingo. There are 4 psychiatric units at provincial level in Chinhoyi, Gweru and Marondera as well as in the district of Mutoko. There 2 forensic psychiatric units, Chikurubi Special Institution and Mlondolozi Special Institution. There are also community based halfway homes in Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare, Gweru, Chinhoyi, Beatrice and Harare.

Mental Health Staff

Mental healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach and involves Mental Health/Psychiatric nurses, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Social workers. The Ministry, with the help of the World Health Organisation, is currently training non specialist health workers in management of mental health conditions in primary care settings through the WHO mhGAP Intervention Guide. This will increase access to mental health care in Zimbabwe.

 

Contact:

Dr. Chido Rwafa

Deputy Director Mental Health Services

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+26342933432

 

Mental, neurological and substance use disorders contribute significantly to disease burden globally and locally. Common mental health problems in Zimbabwe include Depression and Anxiety; Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders and Organic Mental Disorders. Mental healthcare is offered mostly in government run hospitals and care is governed by the Mental Health Act of 1996, Mental Health Regulations of 1999, the Mental Health Policy of 2007 and activities are currently being implemented through the National Mental Health Strategy for 2019-2023.

Mission

To provide for all Zimbabweans, a comprehensive, coordinated, quality mental health service that is integrated into the general medical health system with the aim of improving the mental health of the nation

Guiding Principles

In provision of mental health care in Zimbabwe, we are guided by the following principles:

-       Mental health is a fundamental human right

-       Quality of care in service provision

-       Professionalism in service and Ethical treatment of clients

-       Decentralisation and integration of services to allow accessibility and sustainability

-       Multidisciplinary approach to care

-       Multi-sectoral approach to interventions

-       Community involvement and empowerment

-       Partnership and Collaboration with local and international partners

 

Key activities

-          Mental Health Awareness campaigns in Communities and among Health Workers

 -          Mental Health training of health care workers

 -          Provision of mental health care from primary care to district hospital, provincial hospital and specialist hospital level to children, adolescents and adults

 -          Provision of forensic mental health care

 -          Mental Health Research and Mental Health Data management

 -          Development, implementation and review of mental healthcare and substance use policies, legislations, regulations, strategies, standards of practice, and other relevant frameworks.

Mental Health Infrastructure

Zimbabwe currently has 4 tertiary psychiatric units namely Inguthseni in Bulawayo, Harare Hospital Psychiatric Unit and Parirenyatwa Annexe in Harare and Ngomahuru Hospital in Masvingo. There are 4 psychiatric units at provincial level in Chinhoyi, Gweru and Marondera as well as in the district of Mutoko. There 2 forensic psychiatric units, Chikurubi Special Institution and Mlondolozi Special Institution. There are also community based halfway homes in Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare, Gweru, Chinhoyi, Beatrice and Harare.

Mental Health Staff

Mental healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach and involves Mental Health/Psychiatric nurses, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Social workers. The Ministry, with the help of the World Health Organisation, is currently training non specialist health workers in management of mental health conditions in primary care settings through the WHO mhGAP Intervention Guide. This will increase access to mental health care in Zimbabwe.

 

Contact:

Dr. Chido Rwafa

Deputy Director Mental Health Services

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

+26342933432

 

Mental, neurological and substance use disorders contribute significantly to disease burden globally and locally. Common mental health problems in Zimbabwe include Depression and Anxiety; Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders and Organic Mental Disorders. Mental healthcare is offered mostly in government run hospitals and care is governed by the Mental Health Act of 1996, Mental Health Regulations of 1999, the Mental Health Policy of 2007 and activities are currently being implemented through the National Mental Health Strategy for 2019-2023.

Mission

To provide for all Zimbabweans, a comprehensive, coordinated, quality mental health service that is integrated into the general medical health system with the aim of improving the mental health of the nation

Guiding Principles

In provision of mental health care in Zimbabwe, we are guided by the following principles:

-       Mental health is a fundamental human right

-       Quality of care in service provision

-       Professionalism in service and Ethical treatment of clients

-       Decentralisation and integration of services to allow accessibility and sustainability

-       Multidisciplinary approach to care

-       Multi-sectoral approach to interventions

-       Community involvement and empowerment

-       Partnership and Collaboration with local and international partners

 

Key activities

-          Mental Health Awareness campaigns in Communities and among Health Workers

 -          Mental Health training of health care workers

 -          Provision of mental health care from primary care to district hospital, provincial hospital and specialist hospital level to children, adolescents and adults

 -          Provision of forensic mental health care

 -          Mental Health Research and Mental Health Data management

 -          Development, implementation and review of mental healthcare and substance use policies, legislations, regulations, strategies, standards of practice, and other relevant frameworks.

Mental Health Infrastructure

Zimbabwe currently has 4 tertiary psychiatric units namely Inguthseni in Bulawayo, Harare Hospital Psychiatric Unit and Parirenyatwa Annexe in Harare and Ngomahuru Hospital in Masvingo. There are 4 psychiatric units at provincial level in Chinhoyi, Gweru and Marondera as well as in the district of Mutoko. There 2 forensic psychiatric units, Chikurubi Special Institution and Mlondolozi Special Institution. There are also community based halfway homes in Bulawayo, Masvingo, Mutare, Gweru, Chinhoyi, Beatrice and Harare.

Mental Health Staff

Mental healthcare requires a multidisciplinary approach and involves Mental Health/Psychiatric nurses, Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Social workers. The Ministry, with the help of the World Health Organisation, is currently training non specialist health workers in management of mental health conditions in primary care settings through the WHO mhGAP Intervention Guide. This will increase access to mental health care in Zimbabwe.

 

Contact:

Dr. Chido Rwafa

Deputy Director Mental Health Services

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

+26342933432