Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania

by Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth
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Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania
Interpersonal counseling in a bajaj
Interpersonal counseling in a bajaj

In a fundraiser #ShineBrightWithHope by One In An ARMY/BTS ARMY in support of Raise Awareness & Promote Mental Health - Tanzania, $5,956.34 was raised on GlobalGiving's platform; simultaneously, $14,131 was raised on GivenGain's fundraising platform. The funds raised from this fundraiser are used for integrating psychosocial interventions within services provided by local government authorities (LGAs) in Ilala, Kigamboni, Kinondoni, Temeke and Ubungo municipal councils in Dar-es-Salaam. A portion of the funds will be used to train TEWWY's partners in adapting the mhGAP for integration of mental healthcare within their circles (workplaces/life).

Psychosocial interventions in LGAs launched in June 2021 for 15-weeks; where 15 Wisdom&Wellness Counselors positioned across the LGA offices provided mental health services including:

- one-on-one interpersonal counseling

- group talk therapy  (Wisdom&Wellness Circles)

- psychoeducation resources 

- life skills building

- specialist or hospital referral

- survey research

Data from the first 3 months reflect 1,069 clients received interpersonal counseling and 113 clients participated in Wisdom&Wellness Circles.100 clients were referred to specialists in public health institutions (PHIs). The participants were averagely disturbed equally between females and males, with slightly higher participation from the male population. 144 sessions facilitated by Wisdom&Wellness Counselors were supervised. The survey research consisted of two standardized scales—the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and the Stress Level Assessment—for depression and stress, and additional multiple-choice and open-ended questions regarding stressors and coping mechanisms.

A majority of participants indicated that their stress/anxiety levels were due to unemployment/financial hardship. Less than half of the participants indicated that they were able to cope adequately with the stress related to the current situation. Most of the clients who were referred to PHIs reported back after revisiting the LGAs for counseling, that they were unable to follow through with the referrals due to financial circumstances. Members of the community are responding very positively to the interventions.

This report does not include data for interventions from the last 3 weeks of service in the LGAs.

Interpersonal Counseling in LGAs
Interpersonal Counseling in LGAs
Interpersonal counseling in LGAs
Interpersonal counseling in LGAs
Wisdom&Wellness Circle in LGAs
Wisdom&Wellness Circle in LGAs
Wisdom&Wellness Circles in LGAs
Wisdom&Wellness Circles in LGAs
TEWWY's CEO at World Mental Health Day in Dodoma
TEWWY's CEO at World Mental Health Day in Dodoma
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TEWWY Team delivers infrastructure to LGAs
TEWWY Team delivers infrastructure to LGAs

On May 27th, 2021, Tanzania's Regional Mental Health Coordinator officiated the launch of TEWWY's Mental Health Intervention Program being integrated in the local govenrnment authorities of the (5) municipalities in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania after successfully completeing mhGAP training for (19) retired elderly women (Wisdom&Wellness Counselors).

The Wisdom&Wellness Counselors are operating from (15) local government offices across 6 wards, providing mental health services, support and resources to all members of the community with full support of the local government. Integrating accessible mental health services in non-specialized health setting reduces stigma and discrimination.  

One in an Army launched a mental health fundraising initiative in honor of J-Hope's birthday, a member of BTS, a Korean boy band, whose music and messages have been a comfort for people of all genders and age group. Understanding how crucial intergenerational exchange is to creating safe-spaces for both the elderly and youth alike, and valuing the importance of elderly people's experience and insights to their communities, ARMY's support of TEWWY's mental health intervention program will extend across (15) local communities for a period of 15 weeks. TEWWY has facilitated chairs and a table for one-on-one interpersonal counseling. The infrastructure is to support the local government offices beyond the project.

A detailed project report with objectives and key results is attached.

TEWWY delivers counseling infrastructure to LGAs
TEWWY delivers counseling infrastructure to LGAs
TEWWY's Founder & CEO @ Local Government Authority
TEWWY's Founder & CEO @ Local Government Authority
TEWWY Director of Programs & Sustainability @ LGAs
TEWWY Director of Programs & Sustainability @ LGAs
TEWWY Director of Programs & Sustainability @ LGAs
TEWWY Director of Programs & Sustainability @ LGAs
TEWWY Wisdom&Wellness Team in mhGAP training
TEWWY Wisdom&Wellness Team in mhGAP training

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Dear Wisdom&Wellness Community,

We cant thank you enough for your support over the past year. Our communities have shown great support, even during these hard trying pandemic times.

While we halted our visits and services to public institutions, our Wisdom&Wellness Counselors (WWCs) still very much exist in communities, and because of the initiatives Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth has been able to carry out with the Wisdom&Wellness Counselors - retired elderly women train in interpersonal counseling - we are pleased to announce that from youth to church elders, people have been seeking the wisdom of the WWCs.

Due to this urgent call, we are excited to unfold more great mental health initiatives across different sectors.
Please find a report attached  below.

Wishing you a lot of love and blessings!

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TEWWYs Wisdom&Wellness Counselors administered WHOs Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ9) to random sample size of 418 in Public Health Institutions (PHIs) before COVID halted the Mental Health Intervention Programs (MHIP) in PHIs.

From the responses collected, 
252 individuals, equivalent to 60% of the sample size tested normal,
110 (26%) had mild depression,
43 (10%) had moderate depression and
Less than 1% (3 people) had severe depression.

While the PHI data collection activities and group therapy circles had to be halted due to the pandemic, it was an easy deduction that while many people tested normal, also there is a good number of those who were identified as suffering from mild depression and a few of them from moderate depression that desperately need mental health services.

Upon request from the Local Government Authorities from the municipalities where the Wisdom&Wellness Counselors provided Mental Health support servives, COVID PPEs as needed, TEWWY plans to provided the requested services in the communities and to start specifically gearing our programs towards students.

While we are waiting to hear from the authorities regarding the new procuderes as far as the Public Health Instituion MHIP project is concerned, we are working out the fine details on the new programs to be offered within the government structures and independent educational institutions.

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Wisdom&Wellness Counselors making COVID-19 soap
Wisdom&Wellness Counselors making COVID-19 soap

As a mental health stakeholder in the country, Tap Elderly Women's wisdom for Youth (TEWWY) was called-to-action to provide necessary support and resources to underserved communities - in promoting their mental and physical health during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

TEWWYs  Mental Health Intervention Program (MHIP) is implemented across (15) Public Health Institutions (PHIs) in the (5) municipalities of Dar-es-Salaam (Ilala, Kigamboni, Kinondoni, Ubungo, and Temeke). The MHIP has laid the foundation for integrating mental health services in Tanzania’s multisectoral systems. TEWWYs Wisdom&Wellness Counselors (WWCs) provide mental health support services and resources as we collected data integral in understanding the magnitude of the mental health challenges in the Tanzanian communities. The data and lessons learned are recorded, monitored, and evaluated for instrumental implementation in policymaking as needed for reporting to the Tanzania Ministry of Health.

TEWWYs MHIP adapts WHOs mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP) which offers evidence-based intervention guidelines designed to promote mental health in hopes of preventing and reducing suicides. Such services include access to the following mental health intervention programs:

Wisdom&Wellness Counselor (WWC) ~ In-Person & Mobile Responder
Elderly retired women trained to provide psychosocial mental health support, sharing life-stories, experiences and counseling skills to empower communities through in-person wisdom or online support.


Wisdom &Wellness Corners ~ Beyond What Meets the Eye: Interpersonal Therapy/Counseling [IPT/C]
An identified station at a PHI (or other community locale) where a WWC can connect persons to support services & resources including one-on-one counseling.


Wisdom&Wellness Circles ~ Let’s Share & Care: Interpersonal GroupTherapy [IPT-G] with Life-Skills Building
A safe space where Sharing & Caring have been given a special platform. Persons share life-experiences while gaining life-skills: Self-care & Healthy Lifestyle, Financial Literacy, Job Search and Entrepreneurship.

As COVID-19 took wave across the globe, anxiety levels rose due to uncertainty over contracting the COVID-19 virus and financial management in times when most activities leading to gainful income or activities that bring one joy are a high health risk with possible fatalities. During these unforeseen times, mental health support needs are at an all-time unprecedented high, and most traditional methods of providing such services that have been employed by TEWWY and its Wisdom&Wellness Counselors had to be halted, for the safety of the Wisdom&Wellness Counselors and the communities they serve, playiong our role in flattening the curve.

But there is more than one way to serve the community we love. Following direction from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and listening to peoples cries and concerns, Tap Elderly Women Wisdom for Youth adapted its services in a safe way to continue protecting our community and bring its members together.

1,750 masks and 1,500 liters of soaps were handmade in the safe confines of the Wisdom&Wellness Counselors' homes and makeshift shops. These COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), the masks and the soap, all had special mental health messages printed onto them. Gently reminding the community that we care about them, and all around, we all care for each other, the words "Ninajilinda" and "Ninakulinda" meaning "I am protecting myself" and "I am protecting you" message read on the equipment. 

The 1,500L of soap produced a total of 6000 bottles of 250mL volume. 6,000 recipients in the base of the pyramid were naturally the target population. For those already living on an income insufficient to support themselves and/or their families,  affording the basic necessities like soap and mask to prevent oneself from contracting the virus is sometimes not possible. In times when financial situations are uncertain across the world, for some, having access to soap and clean water could mean the difference between life and death.  

6000 liters of soap were hand-produced and distributed by the TEWWY team to Tanzanians residing across Dar-es-Salaam. Keeping an eye on the current situation, TEWWY continues to assess the risk and plan to respond accordingly. As the soaps made a very huge impact in our societies, TEWWY intends to continue providing this life-threatening disease-preventing PPE. With 8,500 more bottles already purchased, we are on a mission to gather support from everybody who has been affected by the pandemic, to join forces with us in helping save lives in our communities.

WWCs supporting their communities during COVID-19
WWCs supporting their communities during COVID-19
together we are strong, to inspire & to achieve ..
together we are strong, to inspire & to achieve ..
communities together, prevention for all ages ...
communities together, prevention for all ages ...
Communities Together...I am Protecting Me & You!!!
Communities Together...I am Protecting Me & You!!!
Supporting our communities in these troubled times
Supporting our communities in these troubled times
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Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth

Location: Dar es Salaam, Kinondoni - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Neema Tembele
Washington, DC United States
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