Team project 01 Nov 2013

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The DIALOGUE Project

DIALOGUE was a project that sought to empower, supervise, support and include informal traditional and faith healers to deliver evidence based mhGAP-IG adapted psycho-social interventions to reduce mental health treatment gap in Kenya.

DIALOGUE discovered that traditional and faith healers (the clergy) and formal health care workers can collaborate successfully in providing mental health services in rural communities with limited access to specialist care. The study also proved that trained traditional and faith healers can effectively screen and make referrals of cases of depression to primary healthcare.

The mhGAP-IG mHealth Project 01 Nov 2013

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The mhGAP-IG mHealth Project

mHealth was a project that aimed at evaluating the applicability of a model that utilized mobile technology to train, supervise, support and monitor application of mhGAP-IG depression module on non-mental health workers.

mHealth successfully developed and utilized a mobile phone application software version of the WHO Mental Health Treatment Gap Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG), to screen and manage depression in patients attending four rural health centers.

Mobile Substance Use Intervention for HIV Prevention 01 Sep 2013

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Mobile Substance Use Intervention for HIV Prevention

Mobile Substance Use Intervention for HIV Prevention

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Identification of Psychosis-Risk Traits in Africa

Identification of Psychosis-Risk Traits in Africa

01 Sep 2012

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The e-DATA K Project

THE COMPUTER-BASED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TRAINING ASSESSMENT IN KENYA (eDATA K)

e-DATA K was a project that provided online training to both clinical and non-clinical health workers to acquire competencies adapted from WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) and the WHO ASSIST.

  • Africa Mental Health Foundation and NextGenU.org have now shown the feasibility of using online learning to train health workers in practice even in rural areas of Kenya.
  • The merits of this model of online training include that it is free, provides convenient access, and is effective in improving the competencies of health workers.
  • The screening and interventions (learned from the AMHF and NextGenU.org training) are highly effective, leading to very significant decrease in consumption of alcohol and improved functioning among the more than 1200 patients included in the study.
  • The clinical leaders in one of the districts also received a quality improvement online course, which led them to sustain the screening and brief interventions in their regular practice even after the end of the randomized control trial.
    Background The Computer-Based Drug and Alcohol Training Assessment in Kenya (eDATA K) project provided online training to both clinical and non-clinical health workers to acquire competencies adapted from the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) and the WHO ASSIST manuals with the goals of helping them to:
    -Identify those with SUD
  • Provide ethical and non-judgmental care to those with SUD
  • Use clinical brief intervention techniques
  • Provide basic psychological and pharmaceutical treatment
  • Identify and assist in managing co-morbidities
  • Assist patients and families with self-help strategies
  • Determine the need for, and feasibility of, referral
Connectify-Dispatch.lnk_ 01 Sep 2012

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The KIDS Project

KIDS is a program in Kenya whose focus is on promoting mental health, preventing illness and treating existing mental illness among children. Child and adolescent mental illness is one of the seven Grand challenges on mental health. The project provided an approach which aimed at promoting children’s mental well-being and support of positive cognitive development to break the vicious cycle of mental illness from continuing through adulthood which might have a detrimental effect on the individual’s quality of life.

KIDS has demonstrated the feasibility of a multi-stakeholder intervention service model that maximizes the potential of children by promoting mental well-being, preventing mental illness, and treating existing mental illness.