17 Nov 2017

The Step Down Unit in Monrovia Welcomes the First Three Patients

On 16 November, the Step Down Unit for women with mental illness welcomed the first three patients at the Benedict Menni Mental Health Center in Monrovia.

The first three admitted women, Lovette, Garmen and Baindu, have already started their rehabilitation program -with a wide range of programmed activities to allow them an adequate return to their communities as well as an adequate pharmacotherapy program.

The work carried out by the psychiatrist, nurse and the mental health clinician together with Sr Florence Adevor and Sr Inca Gonzalez is being very relevant since the beginning of a new facility is always a challenge that involves facing very diverse aspects that range from the equipping of the areas, recruitment of the staff, the logistical support of meals, cleaning, laundry, the establishment of rehabilitation programs, the psychoeducation for the families and patients, the coordination for referral of patients from the Grant Mental Hospital and the mental health agents: Ministry of Health, NCHC, Carter Center, MSF, etc.

The facility was completed in October thanks to the We Are Like You Project with the installation of a nursing control and surveillance equipment in common areas and rooms.