The Research and Grant Institute of Ghana (ReGIG) has received support for the distribution of medication soaps to persons with skin-neglected tropical diseases (skin-NTDs) in Oti Region. This forms part of the project’s intervention to support persons leaving with Neglected tropical diseases in the Nkwanta North and South districts under the project title “Integrating mental health and stigma reduction programs into primary and community care of persons with Skin-NTDs.”
The medicated soaps, which are worth over eight thousand Ghana cedis , would be distributed to as a form of support and appreciation for their participation in the project. c.
A project committee led by the executive director, Dr. Samuel Adjorlolo, would embark on a working visit to the Nkwanta North and South districts of the Oti region on Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21, to donate these items to stakeholders.
ReGIG, with a grant from the ANESVAD Foundation, is running a project to improve the mental health and psychosocial experiences of persons with Skin-NTDs, such as leprosy and cutaneous leishmaniasis.
Skin-NTDs are not only visible on the skin, but they also disfigure different exposed parts of the body, culminating in troublesome and unsightly changes. Skin-NTDs are known risk factors for morbidity and mental illness in those affected and their caretakers, with increasing calls to design and implement programs and interventions to improve the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of persons living with skin-NTDs.
The Executive Director, Dr Samuel Adjorlolo stressed that this activity is a way of engaging persons living with skin-NTDs . He also called on all stakeholders in and out of the country to lend support to address the mental health burden associated with skin-NTDs.
The project sought to strengthen healthcare systems to provide mental health and psychosocial support by developing guidelines, tools and interventions as well as build the capacity of health professionals to provide integrated healthcare.