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Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya

by Bread and Water for Africa UK
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Mental health care for 5,000+ patients in Kenya
Occupational Therapy Intervention
Occupational Therapy Intervention

A life transformed

Grace was a woman who had been in the psychiatric ward at the Mathari hospital in Nairobi for over 2 years. She arrived one day, suffering from critical psychosis and no one knew where she came from. A repatriation team composed of nurses from the Mathari hospital and Edith, the social worker from Kamili, had to do a lot of investigative work to find out where she came from and eventually found her village on the other side of the country. They took her there and found her sister. She had been taking care of her two daughters for 9 and 13 years since the day she had disappeared. The children were in school so they went together to the school to surprise the girls. One of them was just 6 years old when her mom disappeared. When they saw each other, they both started hugging and crying. The team gave recommendations to her sister and referred Grace to the nearest Kamili nurse in the district, so that she can go get her medicine and get counselling if necessary, knowing she'll find a familiar and friendly face there.
 

Hundreds of more lives impacted by your support

It is amazing what has happened over the past 3 months thanks to your support! We have continued to care for patients with mental health issues. For the past three months,
117 new patients were enrolled and 565 consultations were offered.

The counseling department in collaboration with the team commemorated this year’s UN International day against drugs and illicit trafficking by visiting secondary schools where they taught 170 school going youths about dangers of drugs to both their physical and mental health. The same was replicated in three of our outreach clinics where 2,400 youths were reached.

The social work department involved patients in Occupational Therapy Interventions such as sewing/doll making. The patients attained technical skills to be used in establishing Income Generating Activities hence boosting their self-esteem and making them financially independent.

16 patients and their careers accessed loans from the micro-finance scheme to start small scale businesses. We also identified 4 families which had patients with poor clinic adherence, conducted home visits to identify the reason for the poor compliance and came up with recommendations and ways of improving adherence.

Thank you for your kind donations and continued support.

Melanie Blake receives her MBE from HM The Queen
Melanie Blake receives her MBE from HM The Queen

A life transformed

James is a 30 year-old, who comes from a village along the Nairobi – Nakuru highway, an area adversely affected by illicit drug use. He has struggled with drug addiction for over 10 years.

He was brought to our clinic in Lower Kabete earlier this year by his mother, who raised him and his siblings alone. He was acting erratically and she didn't know what to do anymore. She felt completely hopeless.

James was diagnosed with drug induced psychosis (DIP) and put on medication. Intensive counseling therapy was included in the treatment plan to help the patient understand and change his behavior. James was extremely remorseful and willing to walk the journey of recovery. His mother was psycho-educated on mental illnesses associated with illicit drug use and their management.

Psychotherapy interventions identified his strengths which included very creative crocheting and tailoring skills. We magnified these strengths to boost his self-esteem and self-confidence. He was enrolled in the Kamili saving and loaning scheme, to help him save what he was making in his mum’s small tailoring shop. He started saving kshs 150-200 (£1.2-£1.5) daily. So far James has kshs 6,100 (£47) in savings with a goal of opening his own shop, getting married and settling down.

He has volunteered to join our occupational therapy programme to teach crocheting to other patients and has promised to give a motivational talk during this years’ UN International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking to teenagers in high schools. We are very proud of him.

 

Many more lives impacted by your support

It is amazing what has happened over the past 3 months thanks to your support! We have continued to care for patients with mental health issues. For the past three months, 61 new patients have been enrolled. We have embraced counselling therapy and in excess of 70 patients have benefited from the service for the past three months. 15 new patients have been enrolled in the sewing programme. The project is aimed at boosting patients’ self-esteem and imparting them with technical skills so that they can run Income generating activities thus becoming financially independent.  10 patients were evaluated and advanced loans from the micro-finance scheme to start small scale businesses. Our partnership with Mathari Mental Hospital saw 3 chronic patients who had overstayed on the wards re-unite with their families and linked to our upcountry nurses for continuity of care. The intervention aims at decongesting the hospital.

We participated in the Mental Health Policy implementation Stakeholders meeting (Strategic Investment and Actions Plan). The aim is to mobilize resources and actualize the mental health policy which we believe will enhance service delivery.

We participated in the World Health Day whose theme was depression. Nurses and psychologists in Nairobi clinics sensitized patients and carers on issues surrounding depression.

We were also honoured to have GA Insurance visit us and present us with a commemorative plaque, to congratulate us on our noble work of taking care of those with mental health issues and expanding to twenty three of the forty seven Kenyan Counties.

Our director, Melanie Blake met Her Majesty the Queen of England for recognition of her services to advance mental health awareness and care in Kenya. She was honoured with an MBE.

Thank you for your kind donations. 

The team receives a plaque from GA Insurance
The team receives a plaque from GA Insurance
James
James' crochet artwork with the Kamili logo
 

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Bread and Water for Africa UK

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Sylvia Costantini
London, Westminster United Kingdom
$9,044 raised of $19,840 goal
 
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