M-Healer: A Digital Toolkit to Improve Care and Reduce Human Rights Abuses

West African mental healthcare systems have severely constrained resources that contribute to significant unmet mental health needs. Consequently, people with psychiatric conditions often receive care from traditional and faith healers who may use practices that constitute human rights violations. Our group partnered with researchers from the University of Ghana and healers in the region to develop a novel smartphone treatment-support system. Through on-site observations and qualitative interviews with healers, group co-design sessions, collaborative content and prototype development, and usability field testing, we created M-Healer: a digital toolkit designed to support dissemination of evidence-based psychosocial interventions and strengthening of human rights awareness in the healer community.