Chains Need Change: Help Ghana's Mentally Disabled

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Out of 26 million people in Ghana, 2.8 million are suffering from a mental disability. Out of the 2.8 million people living with mental disabilities, only around 2,200 are able to receive hospital treatment from three psychiatric hospitals in Ghana. Only about 3% of Ghana’s total health expenditure is utilized for psychiatric hospitals causing overcrowding and staff shortages. Alternative, more convenient options for Ghanians with mental disabilities are Prayer Camps. Due to a stigma that connects mental disabilities to the devil, individuals are beaten, starved, chained, and neglected in hopes to suppress the devil allowing for god to heal them. According to Article 5 of the UN's Declaration of Human Rights, “[n]o one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." These treatments are inhumane and actions MUST be taken to protect the rights of those who do not have a voice. Help us raise awareness and make a difference!

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