Kamili team meeting at the Lower Kabete clinic
You support is helping more and more patients access the care they need
Kamili’s unique approach in helping the mentally-ill is spreading throughout Kenya, thanks to your help. Over the last year they have seen an increase of 2,211 patients, completed 17,351 consultations and supported 10,000 patients and their carers.
Kamili has increased the number of consultations they give through now working in nine clinics throughout the country: three in Nairobi, and those in Kakamega, Taveta, Machakos, Kiambu, Nyandarua and Murang’a.
Training nurses in the Kamili approach to mental health - a key to sustainability
At the same time their nurses training programme is going from strength to strength, again with your generous support – they have now sponsored 36 nurses through their training. Many of these nurses have gone on to set up mental health clinics in upcountry hospitals: in Kjiado County, in Nyandarua County, Nakuru Country, Murang’a County and Kwale Country.
Kamili has also sponsored five nurses through the Nurse scholarship programme to gain their Higher Diploma in Psychiatry. This includes nurses who work in the Prison Service and in the Kenya Red Cross Society and other hospitals and clinics, who are setting up mental health clinics in their facilities, further increasing the outreach of the Kamili approach.
Group therapy sessions
In addition to seeing individual clients, the central Kamili Clinic runs the following Group Therapy sessions:
- Drug and substance psychosocial support group – to identify triggers and to learn coping mechanisms;
- Couples group therapy – to help carers of partners suffering from mental health issues;
- Teenagers’ workshop – to psycho-educate teenagers with mental health issues.
Lives turned around
In our reports we like to give some details of individuals who Kamili has supported. Here are three young patients at Lower Kabate Clinic, who have moved on:
Anthony, a rapper, has composed and recorded songs which are available on YouTube, thanks to support from Kamili. He also now works as a part-time caretaker ad security man in Kikuyu Town.
Noela has got a partial scholarship to attend a comprehensive 16-week Sinapis Training on entrepreneurship.
Ben has been sponsored for an Information Technology course at Kabate Polytechnic.
Please consider making another donation so we can continue to help young people like Anthony, Noela and Ben to regain their mental health through this innovative mental health project in Kenya.
The Kamili team visiting an outreach clinic
Kamili nurses at an outreach clinic