June 14 @ 1:45 pm - June 15 @ 5:30 pm UTC+1
International Conference on Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs in Francophone countries of Sub-Saharan Africa
14 – 15 June 2021, 13:45 – 17:30 (UTC+1)
Languages: French and English
On 14 and 15 June 2021, the Working Group on Mental health from Be-cause health will organise a virtual international conference “Mental Health voices from Africa” on the practices and the challenges faced in the Francophone countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
For two half days, actors from the field of mental health, user associations and people in charge of the organisation of health care will contribute to the different sessions.
This conference wants to offer a space where people working in this field will be able to exchange their experiences and reflections on common challenges.
The conference will not consist of a series of scientific presentations but will be a space for actors of the field to exchange and reflect. Organising the conference virtually offers a unique opportunity to bring together people from different countries, in particular from Benin, Burundi, Guinea, Mali, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the Central-African Republic, Cameroon and Chad.
A combination of more practical than conceptual presentations of about 15 minutes, exchanges and round tables will enable to highlight experiences from the field by the stakeholders themselves.
Clinical practices but also how to organise health care and preventive activities as close as possible to the communities involved will be on the table. Each presentation will lead to exchanges on challenges raised and the lessons learnt. Special attention will go to the challenges that street children face in terms of mental health, to the governance and also to the organisational and clinical aspects of mental health care within the communities.