Project to fight against communicable and neglected diseases

Early diagnosis and integration of children with mental disabilities in the Mediterranean

It seems important to emphasize the heavy task before us, and the urgent need to develop networks to improve care for these children. From this point of view, this project for promoting the rights of people with mental disabilities around the Mediterranean Rim can be seen as a sign of hope, since it should encourage us to work to improve the training of healthcare personnel in this area, and to engage in advocacy with decision makers to make them aware of the magnitude of this problem.

Professor Grangaud, Professor of Pediatrics, former adviser to the Algerian Ministry of Health
(International Seminar on Screening for Integration Algiers, Nov. 7, 2009)

Location of Project Algeria: Bab El Oued District
Lebanon: Beirut, North Lebanon, Bekaa, South Lebanon
Tunisia: 3 pilot centres (Gafsa, Zarzis, Tunis-Le Bardo)
Name of Association www.santesud.org
Santé Sud
  www.santesud.org
Project Partners
(financial and operational)
  • Lord Michelham of Hellingly Foundation
  • Codip Corporate Foundation
  • Agence Française de Développement
  • Algerian Federation of Disabled Persons
  • Local Public Health Center (EPSP) and University Hospital Centre (CHU) in Bab El Oued
  • National Union of Parents' Associations and Institutions for Handicapped Children - Lebanon
  • Tunisian Union for Aid to the Mentally Disabled

Program description

Children and adolescents suffering from mental disabilities need a high quality care, including early diagnosis, the development of suitable centers, multidisciplinary treatment, and support for re-integration. However, in countries where difficulties due to social inequalities often weigh on the mentally disabled, access to such treatment can be random. And associations in these countries fighting to promote the rights of the disabled people still have to struggle to make their voices heard.

This action aims to strengthen 3 civic society organizations in Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon that represent people living with mental disabilities, with a view to transferring skills.

The program involves supporting three medical-social actions in the field, through the development of vocational training, giving guidance to families, and sharing experiences and practices among associations.