Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and Investment

Wednesday, 20 November 2019 - 9:00am to 7:00pm

Mental Health in Africa: Innovation and Investment


Wednesday, 20th November, 2019, 09:00 - 19:00

Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE


Organised by the Royal African Society and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with support from the Wellcome Trust, this landmark conference aims to highlight current innovations shaping mental healthcare in Africa today and develop a practical roadmap to work towards the continent achieving the goals of the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Action Plan.
Mental health has historically been neglected on health and development policy agendas, both by donors and African governments. But over the last decade, interest and opinions have shifted globally and in Africa. Most African countries have now adopted mental health policies and innovations are emerging from the continent, which have much to offer the rest of the world. However, there is still a major investment gap that must be addressed.
Investing in mental health is crucial for attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. Evidence shows that improved mental health provision can have significant benefits for social and economic development. For every dollar invested in care for depression and anxiety, there is a $5.70 return on economic and health benefits.
This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, innovators, policy-makers, government officials, private sector representatives and wider members of the public to discuss progress made to date against the WHO's Mental Health Action Plan and deliver a set of key priorities for Africa, with a view to strengthening the continental and international response to the gaps identified.
The priorities will then be discussed at a high-level roundtable the next morning, which will seek specific commitments from donors, policy-makers, government and regional bodies working on mental health in Africa.
Confirmed speakers include:
Dr Florence Baingana, Non-communicable Diseases Cluster, World Health Organisation’s Regional Office for Africa
Prof Olayinka Omigbodun, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan, past President of International Association of Child Psychiatry and Allied Professionals
Grace Gatera, Youth Advocate, Young Leaders for The Lancet Commission on Mental Health and Sustainable Development
Dr Mohammed Abdulaziz, Principal Medical Epidemiologist, Africa Union's Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa
Michael Njenga, Executive Director, Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (USP) Kenya
Anna Kydd, Director, The SHM Foundation
Prof Stanley Okolo, Secretary General, West Africa Health Organisation
Prof Olayinka Omigbodun, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Ibadan
Dr Victoria Mutiso, Principal Investigator, Africa Mental Health Foundation


The ticket price includes entry to the Conference, breakfast and refreshments mid-morning, as well as a full buffet lunch and a drinks reception.
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