New Directions for Mental Health Work Force Globally: Mental health workforce in Cameroon

15 July, 2021

Dear colleagues,

Today, 15th July I had the honour to be part of an important meeting reporting new Directions for Mental Health Work Force Globally. This report was prepared by the All-Party parliamentary Group on Global Health. (Please find attached the summary below [*see note below])

It follows from the report that the growing mental health treatment gap, needs to be addressed urgently and taking into account local contexts. A decentralization and democratisation of mental health care is very necessary.

In Cameroon, for example like in most countries in SSA, the number of mental health providers per habitant is far below global average and in a context like the covid19 threatens universal health coverage for mental health. However, this is not a hindrance with approaches such as the WHO mhGAP protocol and now the new Directions by the APPGGH. Nevertheless, these requires governments should prioritize mental health. It is possible! For just a few invests in mental health has tremendous positive outcomes at all levels.

Without a sufficient and robust mental health work force, hopes to mental health care for all, UHC for mental health is seriously threatened.

Best wishes,

Didier Demassosso

HIFA Country Representative Coordinator Afro Region

MHIN-Africa knowledge exchange assistant

HIFA profile: Didier Demassosso is a mental health practitioner, Consultant (WHO , MoPH Cameroon...), Mental health advocate , Youth advocate with 10 years experience in mental health development in Cameroon. He is also a health communicator and educationist. HIFA Country Representative For Cameroon/ HIFA Country Representative of the year 2014 / Regional Coordinator for Africa. He also currently volunteers for the Mental Health Innovation Network Africa as Knowledge Exchange Assistant.

Email: didier.demassosso AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): HIFA does not carry attachments. The report is freely available here: ]