Harm Reduction Alliance of Ghana
- Vision *: Become a credible Civil Society Organization which works to reduce the harms of drugs and mental illness on society by advocating for the respect of the human rights of all vulnerable people and the adoption of evidenced based and humane public drug policies.
- Mission *: Collaborate and work with other like-minded stakeholders, drug users and people living with psycho-social, intellectual and cognitive disabilities to advocate for the adoption of evidenced based interventions and harm reduction policies and practices leading to the decriminalization and eventual legal regulation of cannabis for responsible adult use, industrial, therapeutic, medicinal and cultural use.
- Thematic Areas *: Mental Health & Addiction
- Target Group:
- Key Objectives *: 1. Promote the adoption of evidenced based policies and practices. 2. Promote measures and practices which reduces the harms of drug use and mental illness. 3. Advocate for the decriminalization and legal regulation of Cannabis for responsible adult use, industrial, therapeutic, medicinal and cultural use. 4. Promote the adoption of evidence based treatment of all mental illness and drug dependence/addiction rather than incarceration. 5. Promote evidenced based mental health and substance use prevention interventions. 6. Save kids and other vulnerable populations at high risk for substance use and mental illness. 7. Promote self-help interventions in substance dependence recovery and well being such as Alcoholic Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous and Gambling Anonymous and other support groups in mental health. 8. Advocate for the rights of people living with psycho-social, intellectual and cognitive disabilities as well as Substance Dependence. 9. We also seek to help individuals with Substance Dependence and psycho-social, intellectual and cognitive disabilities find recovery and wellness.
- Core Competencies *: Interventions and research
- Government Engagement:
- Major or Current Achievements *: 1. Submitting a memo and making an appearance at the parliamentary select committing on Defense and Interior on the Narcotics Control Commission Bill, 2019. 2. Visiting some ghettos in Accra to interact with some drug users and making donations (used clothing and shoes, soft drinks, fruits, biscuits, etc) 3. Collaborating with Care and Action in Mental Health for Africa (CAMHA) to win a grant by the French Embassy in Ghana on a project to use sports as a tool for inclusion in mental health (worth about 30,000 Euros). 4. The Director also has an individual grant worth $10,000 from Knowledge.Action.Change., an organization based in London to undertake a project on tobacco harm reduction in Ghana. This grant involves sponsorship to travel to Warsaw to attend the Global Nicotine Conference in June, 2019.
- Functional Board *:
- Number of Board Members *: 5
- List Expertise of Board Members *: Mental Health, Addiction, Forensic Psychiatry, Research,
- Organisational Strategic Plan *:
- Head of Organisation *: Samuel Cudjoe Hanu
- Name of Contact Person *: Samuel Cudjoe Hanu
- Position of Contact Person *: Director
- Number of Staff *: 3
- Number of Males *: 2
- Number of Females *: 1