Cape Town Declaration of the Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities

Network of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry deliberated the importance of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (2008) and mental health reform on the African Continent. Delegates from 10 African Organizations representing people with psychosocial disabilities from East, West and Southern Africa gathered together to debate the challenges and issues facing one of the most silent and marginalized voices on the Continent. The name of the organization was changed to The Pan African Network of People with Psychosocial Disabilities as recognition that “users and survivors of psychiatry” does not adequately reflect representation and the lived reality of this voiceless group in Africa. The Congress culminated in the Cape Town Declaration of October of 2011 which was read at the Second Summit of the Movement for Global Mental Health (Cape Town, 17 October 2011) and the World Congress of the World Federation for Mental Health (Cape Town, 18 – 21 October 2011).