The new Clinic
A move into new premises – more training for mental health nurses, government recognition for training, and more patients new premises
As we reported last October, thanks to your support we have completed our new mental health facility, so we can offer more nursing, counselling and social work students, and fulfil health regulations about keeping staff and patients safe during Covid. It has also enabled us to see an ever-increasing number of patients.
Mental Health Nurses’ Training: This year we were able to offer 41 nurses a Kamili training scholarships. Classes began – virtually – in September, so there will be Kamili trained nurses in 38 of the 47 Counties after the current class graduates in August 2021. Our vision is to reach all the 47 counties by 2023.
The Community Health Workers’ Training: We hope a mental health module in training courses for Communities Health Workers (CHW), will be included in national CHW courses beginning in September (2021). We hope that this, coupled with the Community Health Service Bill that officially recognises CHWs will help raise the profile of Mental Health Nursing as a career in Kenya.
More clients – more consultations Between October and December 2020, the number of clients increased from 3850 to 4,254. We held 1785 psychological consultations: 775 new patients and 1,010 return reviews.
We held Group Therapies for patients struggling with illicit drugs, and workshops for teenagers and their caregivers. In addition we facilitated a two-day awareness sensitization of mental health services at Kitengela Sub-county hospital, carried outdoor-to-door outreach services; and held monthly support group for married couples.
We also held monthly health talks to reduce the stigma of mental health, improve patient compliance, lower the rate of relapse and increase the number of patients who will eventually come off medication completely. These talks also encourage patients to adopt more healthy lifestyles, and help prevent conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and HIV and AIDS.
We believe this has all contributed to improving our patients’ quality of life with an increased number enrolling for occupational therapy skills, starting up businesses thanks to loans from Kamili Savings and Loaning scheme. A highlight was when one patient was nominated for TV and Radio awards for his gospel music talents.