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Project information

Reducing mental health-related poverty in Kenya

BasicNeeds will provide access to mental health services to the Nomadic Pastoralists in the Rift Valley of Kenya.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: BasicNeeds

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  • Need


    Mental health services are largely unavailable in nomadic communities, due to hostile terrain, and cultural norms and practices. The project aims to give adults and young people the access to mental health services, using treatment, consequent stabilization and then support to earn a living as key routes to recovery.


    BasicNeeds works with local partners and builds the capacity of local medical staff to diagnose and treat mental health issues. It also gives people the opportunity to access diagnosis and treatment close to where they live, and provide livelihood training opportunities which helps address their poverty.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Access to treatment, psycho-social support and social integration.


    » Organize mental health clinics close to where participants live with the help of local partners.
    » Facilitate the involvement of people with mental disorders in self-help groups once stabilized.
    » Provide opportunities and training for productive work.

    What success will look like

    1. Clinical records of better diagnosis and treatment.
    2. Involvement in self-help groups and ability to make own decisions.
    3. Doing productive work or earning a living.

  • Impact


    1) Improved quality of life of people with mental illnesses: change in mental health status, economic status or productivity; and change in social status. 2) Changes in the external environment: greater awareness, knowledge and acceptance of people with mental disorders.
    3) Participation of people with mental disorders in decision-making processes contributing to the sustainability of change. 4) Change in gender inequalities: women’s access to treatment, women’s involvement in leadership roles.


    1.Risk of losing beneficiaries half way through the programme. We have community volunteers who visit the beneficiaries and liaise with them to come back into the programme.
    2.Risk of funding running out before providing opportunities. In the past we have approached local donors as well as donors in the UK to support projects.


    One midterm review will be carried out and one end of project evaluation to assess impact, lessons and replication will be held.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,350

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,450 Capacity Building community consultation meetings
      £15,450 Community Mental Health training health workers, outreach clinics, therapy sessions, conduct home visits
      £8,000 Research and Documentation baseline study, data collection, participatory data analysis, documentation and publication
      £10,450 Self-help groups formation of groups, training and support, therapy sessions
      £3,000 Management and Administration BasicNeeds Kenya office management and costs, monitoring and support, staff costs, logistics
  • Background


    The project will be implemented in Kajiado county in the Rift Valley of Kenya which is largely semi arid and has predominantly nomadic communities to the south and a mixture of nomadic, semi-settled and settled communities to the north.


    This project will directly benefit 1,000 more people living with mental illnesses or epilepsy while also sustaining services to over 1,000 people reached in our current projects with nomadic Kenyan communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    BasicNeeds enables people living with mental illness and epilepsy to live and work successfully in their community. With local partner organisations BasicNeeds facilitates diagnosis and treatment close to people’s homes, and engages them in productive work. This helps recover their sense of self-worth, damaged by the stigma of mental illness, and re-integrate into their communities. To date over 657,000 people have benefited from BasicNeeds' programmes in 12 countries.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joyce Kingori

    She is the Programme Manager and has more than 30 years of experience in community and social development including nomadic health programming.

    Joyce Arita

    She is an experienced Administrator and Finance Assistant who will manage the day to day project logistics, financial obligations and reporting.

    Milka Waruguru

    She is a Research and Policy Officer who will work on project documentation, partners’ training and advocacy, monitoring and project evaluation.

    Kit Lawry

    She is the Development Officer at BasicNeeds UK who will regularly liaise with the Programme Manager through quarterly reports.