• Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) is a non-governmental organization, operating in Kenya and the entire East African region, dedicated to research for evidence-based policy, practice and promotion of mental and neurological health, and healthy behaviour. Our primary research area of focus is community mental health with the aim of providing innovative, appropriate, affordable, available and accessible mental health and substance use services to all.
  • We conduct collaborative research with various universities and organizations around the world. Our road-map for research covers the entire life-spectrum; from the health of the foetus in the mothers’ wombs, to childhood both in and out of school, to old age. We focus on person centered mental health, community, institutional and environmental determinants of mental health as well as the biological and spiritual aspects of mental health.
  • We believe that: Mental illness knows no boundaries; There is no health without mental health and; Mental health is real wealth. We strive to go beyond the ordinary in conducting innovative research, knowledge translation, training, capacity enhancement and advocacy in mental health with the goal of becoming a centre of excellence in Africa.

News

AMHF Awarded Stars in Global Health Grants

AMHF has received two grants from Grand Challenges Canada through its Stars in Global Health program(Round 5 – Phase 1) to fund two community-based projects “MhGAP-IG mHealth” and “DIALOGUE”. These two projects will empower frontline healthcare workers and integrate the use of informal healthcare workers (traditional and faith healers) in the detection and management of depression and other mental illnesses to reduce the treatment gap in Kenya.

One of the projects titled “Using Mobile Phones to Empower the Frontline Healthcare Workers to Manage Depression at the Point of Care in Kenya using the WHO Mental Health Treatment Gap Intervention Guidelines” (mhGAP-IG mHealth) will train, supervise and support primary healthcare workers to identify and deliver evidence-based interventions for depression at the point-of-care, using specially designed mobile application software. The use of a mobile app in identification and management of depression will bridge the distance barrier between a mental health specialist and frontline healthcare workers thus improving the efficiency and accuracy of diagnosis and management.

The other project titled Dialogue to Empower, Supervise, Support and Include the Informal Traditional and Faith Healers to Deliver Evidence-Based MHGap-IG Adapted Psychosocial Interventions to Reduce Treatment Gap in Kenya (DIALOGUE) will train workers in the informal health sector (traditional and faith healers) to identify mental illness among their clients and provide appropriate interventions. The project will also initiate dialogue between the formal health sector and the informal sector to facilitate referrals of complicated cases. 

The two projects will be carried out in Makueni County and will run concurrently for 18 months. Both projects are the initiative of AMHF and will contribute to the realization of innovative, appropriate, affordable, available and accessible mental health services for all.

AMHF is already running two other projects, KIDS (The Kenya Integrated Intervention Model for Dialogue and Screening to Promote Children’s Mental Well-being) and e-Data K (The computer-based Drug and Alcohol Training Assessment in Kenya) also funded by Grand Challenges Canada.

Grand Challenges Canada is funded by the Government of Canada and is dedicated to supporting Bold Ideas with Big Impact in global health.

 

Who We Are

Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) is a non-governmental organization, operating in Kenya and the entire East African region, dedicated to research for evidence-based policy, practice and promotion of mental and neurological health, and healthy behaviour. Our primary research area of focus is community mental health with the aim of providing innovative, appropriate, affordable, available and accessible mental health and substance use services to all Kenyans irrespective of their socio-economic status.

What We Do

We conduct collaborative research activities with several universities in Canada, USA, Germany and Italy among others and network with several public and private universities both locally and abroad to provide opportunities for their students in mental health research.  AMHF also supports other organizations and support groups in the field of mental health such as: Samaritans Kenya, a worldwide organization that provides a listening service and emotional support to those in distress, despair and feeling suicidal; Alzheimer’s Association of Kenya (AAK), a non-profit association that supports people with dementia and their families and; the AMHF Peace of Mind support group providing support for individuals diagnosed with mental health disorders.