Mental health policy development and implementation in South Africa : a situation analysis|Phase 1 : country report

LUND, C
et al
Publication Date 
January 2008
352 p

This is a report of a situation analysis of mental health policy in South Africa, one of the four African countries involved in the wider Mental Health and Poverty Project
The report describes the broad context in which mental health policy making takes place; provides an assessment of the wider policy-making practices in the public sector in South Africa; describes and analyses the development of mental health policies and mental health law; and evaluates the involvement of stakeholders and their influence on the formulation of mental health policies and mental health law
Furthermore the report investigates the factors necessary for the effective implementation of mental health policies at three levels of social organisation: the macro (or national) level; the meso level (which corresponds to the provincial level) and the micro (or district) level. The project wishes to assess best practice with regard to the development of mental health policies and mental health law and the translation of these into strategic implementation plans at the macro, meso and micro levels

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