Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania

by Tap Elderly Women's Wisdom for Youth
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Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania
Support Mental Health Services in Tanzania

Following the interventions in local communities, the TEWWY team has been providing interpersonal counseling at a small scale, while also serving the local communities through the distribution of its published mental health q&a booklets as it strives to raise more funds to implement interventions in local and among vulnerable communities. We have also spent this time developing new programs for undeserved populations. By forming strategic partnerships for strengthening support systems, the TEWWY team has distributed the booklets to the following institutions, organizations, schools, individuals, etc.

 

  1. Ministry of Health                                                                            1,000 copies
  2. Central Tanganyika Library                                                           2,000 copies
  3. National Serial Data Centre, Bibliography, Service Division 100 copies
  4. National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)                      500 copies
  5. Ifakara Health Institute                                                                    1,000 copies
  6. Media Organizations                                                                             100 copies
  7. 5 Dar es Salaam Municipal Authorities                                            500 copies
  8. Wisdom & Wellness Counsellors                                                        400 copies
  9. Tanzania Scouts Association                                                                 500 copies
  10. LOYOLA Secondary School                                                                     100 copies
  11. Mzizima Secondary School                                                                     100 copies
  12. Tanzania Girl Guide Association                                                           500 copies
  13. Institute of Social Work                                                                         1,000 copies
  14. Dept of Sociology UDSM                                                                         1,000 copies
  15. Tumaini University DSM                                                                            500 copies
  16. Mirembe Mental Hospital                                                                           250 copies
  17. Benjamin Mkapa Hospital Dodoma                                                             5copies
  18. Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA)                                       51 copies
  19. Mental Health Coordinators                                                                          100 copies
  20. DSM Regional Medical Officer                                                                        100 copies
  21. District Executive Directors                                                                             100copies
  22. District Medical Officers                                                                                   100 copies
  23. Ward Executive Officers                                                                                     100 copies 
  24. Tanzania Women Lawyers Association (TAWLA)                                        51 copies
  25. 15 Local Govt. Authorities                                                                                     75 copies
  26. Office visitors                                                                                                        100 copies
  27. Boda boda drivers                                                                                                      50 copies
  28. Bus Operators                                                                                                             50 copies
  29. Small market vendors                                                                                               50 copies
  30. Bar and food vendors                                                                                                100 copies




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Mental Health Day 2021
World Mental Health Day 2021

Upon the successful completion of the mental health intervention program in local communities, TEWWY focused her efforts towards advocacy and cultivating partnerships that will allow for multisectoral integration of mental health Gap Action Program (mhGAP) as we awaited the second portion of the project to be fulfilled. The psychosocial interventions implemented in Local Governement Authorities (LGAs) proved quite successful for the short period of time the services were provided, with great demand from the residents and community leaders alike. More efforts are also put towards fundraising for the support and sustainable implementation of psychosocial interventions in LGAs, to include building the capacity of and working with community workers i.e. Community Health Workers (CHWs) and Community Outreach Workers (COWs) so as to enhance help-seeking efficacy and reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental health.

Advocacy is an important means of raising awareness on mental health issues and ensuring that mental health is on the national agenda of governments. Advocacy can lead to improvements in policy, legislation and service development. Part of the advocacy TEWWY is conducting is performing research on current mental health policy and learning how proposed policy changes will affect people with mental illness. With a new mental health committee in effect under the purview of the parliament, the TEWWY team has been identifying policy issues within her scope of work, as we plan numerous lobbying activities with legislators regarding integrating mental healthcare in schools, local communities/social services, harm reduction programs, mining communities, and so forth. 

Prior to lobbying legislators on integrating mental health care in policies with regular service delivery, we have reached out to and are reaching out to more schools that we hope to partner with in providing mental health literacy and promotion as part of their curriculum and/or extra-curricular activities. Among those schools are Aga Khan Mzizima Secondary School and Loyola High School. We have supplied both institutions with mental health question and answer booklets as we collaborate to build on Mental Health Literacy and Mental Health Promotion programs.

World Mental Health Day 2021 - by MEHATA in Dodoma
World Mental Health Day 2021 - by MEHATA in Dodoma
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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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Location: Dar es Salaam, Kinondoni - Tanzania, United Republic of
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Project Leader:
Neema Tembele
Washington, DC United States
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