The purpose of this engagement is to provide technical support to review, update, operationalise, and implement the Mental Health Act of 1996 (roadmap, program, action plan for the operationalisation).
Mental health conditions contribute to poor health outcomes particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa where the largest treatment gap exists. Mental health conditions are responsible for premature death human rights violations, global, and national economic loss. Mental health has been identified as an area for accelerated implementation in WHO’s Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW13). One of the five priorities of the Zimbabwe Mental Health Strategic Plan (2019- 2023) is to “Improve Quality of Patient Care and Service delivery”
There remains much to be done to ensure all people achieve the highest standard of mental health and well-being. While Zimbabwe's mental health care system has several strengths in terms of availability of mental health treatment in psychiatric hospitals, the services that are offered are governed by outdated legislation.
Zimbabwe has many legislations that specifically inform the mental healthcare system. The government of Zimbabwe established the Mental Health Act of 1996 and Regulations of 1999 (Health Statistics and Information Systems & World Health Organization, 2015). The Act includes protocols for managing patients who require treatment against their will (Health Statistics and Information Systems & World Health Organization, 2015). It is important to note that these laws have not been revised since 1996 and 1999, respectively (Health Statistics and Information Systems & World Health Organization, 2015).
It is against this backdrop that MOHCC with support from WHO and partners, will review the Mental Health Act, aligning with international standards and UN conventions on human rights and the extended MHAP 2013-2030, advancing promotive, preventative, recovery, and rehabilitative approaches that attend to the life course mental health needs of Zimbabweans.
In alignment with the national mental health strategic plan and under the overall guidance of the WHO Representatve in Zimbabwe, the consultant will work closely with local experts, WHO technical team, ministry of health and other partners in NCDs and mental health to:
Essential: A Masters degree in Law, mental health, or related field from a recognized university.
Desired: PhD will be an added advantage
Incumbent will be based in Harare at the WHO Country Office with travel to the provinces and districts of the country as required.
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