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Welcome to AMHRTF

Africa Mental Health Training and Research Foundation

Africa Mental Health Training and Research Foundation (AMHRTF) is a non-governmental organization based in Kenya, dedicated to research in mental and neurological health as well as substance use research to generate evidence for policy and best practice in the provision of affordable, appropriate, available and accessible mental health services.

AMHRTF brings together the widest possible spectrum of professionals from both mental health and non-mental health fields to work together under one roof working in research and interventions in mental health.

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About Us

Establishing AMHRTF was conceptualized in the year 2000 by Professor David M. Ndetei, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi. It all started when Prof Ndetei and three of his students came together to volunteer their expertise to improve the mental health of underprivileged Kenyans, initially through advocacy. As of today, Prof has heavily invested in the training of Psychiatrists in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nairobi. His efforts have contributed to Kenya having the best psychiatrists population ratio of any country south of the Sahara and outside South Africa (Approx. 1:500,000).

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Who Are We?

Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation (AMHRTF) is a non-governmental organization, based in Kenya dedicated to research in mental and neurological health and, substance use to generate evidence for policy and best practice in the provision of affordable, appropriate, available and accessible mental health services.

AMHRTF brings together the widest possible spectrum of professionals from both mental health and non-mental health fields to work together under one roof working in research and interventions in mental health.

 

Our Vision

To be the centre of excellence in Africa for research, training, knowledge translation and advocacy in mental health.

Our Mission

To go beyond the ordinary in conducting innovative research, knowledge translation, training, capacity enhancement and advocacy realized through:
1. Multi-disciplinary, multi-sectored approaches.

2. Strategic partnerships and alliances.

3. Continually developing our internal capacity and capabilities.

4. Strictly adhering to our core values and ethical standards.

5. Conduct our activities in a manner that safeguards the environmental conservancy.

 

AMHF Core Values

1. Team spirit

2. Flexibility
3. Continual improvement

4. Innovation

Successful stories

AMHRTF collaboration with Columbia University New York, USA & Makueni County:

Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation in collaboration with Columbia University New York, USA and the Department of Health of Makueni County was implementing a research study titled Multi-Sectorial Stakeholder TEAM Approach to Scale-Up Community Mental Health in Kenya – Building on Locally Generated Evidence and Lessons Learned (TEAM). These are some of the Success Stories from the project .

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Highlights

How is mental health being supported in Africa?

One in every eight people live with a mental health disorder, so if that’s not you, it’s likely to be a close friend or family member. Despite there being a variety of known treatments, globally the majority of people suffering do not receive any medical support. To see how the discussion around mental health is

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DEM-SKY PROJECT

In Kenya, many people are currently living with dementia without a formal diagnosis or support; often attributing symptoms to normal ageing, a consequence of past behaviours e.g. stealing from a home that has been protected by witchcraft or being cursed. Dementia screening is not common within Kenya and healthcare workers are not well equipped to

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