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.