Maryanne* came to Kamili in August 2012 needing a lot of support. A single mother of three daughters aged, 22, 16 and 8 years, Maryanne was first diagnosed with Peuperal psychosis after she delivered her first born, and later after several years in and out of hospital a diagnosis of Schizo-affective disorder was made.
On her arrival at Kamili a holistic recovery programme was put together and we are pleased to say that she hasn’t had a major relapse which required admission into hospital since her arrival. Her initial plan involved medication but Maryanne was keen to move away from taking medication and has successfuly reduced her prescriptions and is now supported monthly with counselling and is doing really well.
During her time at Kamili, as she continued to improve, Maryanne enroled in the savings and loans scheme on offer and put her talent for making home-made detergents, hawking second-hand clothes and farming pigs to good use. By being able to generate her own income and benefit from the loans scheme she has been able to put her eldest daughter through boarding high school, who is now only 1 year away from completing her exams.
Key Milestones: The nurses scholarship scheme continues to thrive and grow with 32 applications for an available 8 places this year. It is clear the demand is high and much more can be done as funding increases and we increase our reach. Despite great setbacks resulting from COVID-19 the clinic remained open, with strict safety measures in place, and clients have continued to receive treatment throughout this time. We continue taking care of in excess of 11,106 patients and their carers. There is a sharp rise in patient numbers since most of the government facilities have restrictions taking on mental health patients during the current pandemic period.
We have continued monthly mental health talks across several outreach clinics in Nairobi which has resulted in a reduction in stigma and discrimination; and encouraged patients to engage in healthy lifestyles.
*Patients' names may have been changed to protect their privacy.