Building Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Expertise in Ghana Through Training and Knowledge Dissemination: a Review of the Initial Collaboration Stages, Opportunities, and Challenges

Nakita Natala, Ruth Owusu-Antwi, Gordon Donnir, Kwabena Kusi-Mensah, Heidi Burns, Sarah Mohiuddin, Thomas Fluent, Michelle Riba, Gregory Dalack

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Improving child and adolescent mental health (CAMH) is a priority worldwide. The majority of children with psychiatric conditions in low-middle-income countries (LMIC), like Ghana, receive no treatment due largely to limited resources and few CAMH training opportunities. The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and University of Michigan (UM) established a partnership to expand CAMH training for general psychiatrists in Ghana. Lessons learned from the early stages of the collaboration can serve as an adaptable roadmap for similar efforts to expand CAMH training in LMIC. Recent Findings: Previous articles have discussed global academic partnership, training, and capacity building programs; however, early challenges, opportunities, and preparatory stages involved in creating a mutually beneficial collaboration aimed at improving child psychiatry expertise in a LMIC are under explored in the global mental health literature. This article seeks to fill that gap by using examples to highlight unique considerations for institutions in the initial stages of establishing their global partnership. Summary: The early stages of a global partnership can impact the success of the collaboration. Collaborations should be bi-directional, sensitive to local culture, and flexible and establish achievable sustainable goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
Volume20
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Ghana
  • Global mental health
  • Global partnerships
  • Low-middle-income countries

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