Support to Mental Health Programmes in the Least Developed Countries (LDC) and other Innovative Programmes

Problems of breaking through the bureaucracy of low income countries with any projects – even the most ingenious ones – are severe. The delays and official chicanery discourage many who, after a while, give up trying.

The Association has therefore launched a project to provide small grants for innovative initiatives in the field of mental health, particularly in the least developed countries (LDCs). The maximum amount of the grants is USD 5.000, but most of the sums allocated are smaller.

Applications for grants containing a brief description of the goals and methods of the project and a description of the group responsible for its implementation can be sent to the President of the AIMHP.

The proposals received are examined by a Committee composed for the purpose and involving experts who, in addition to their expertise, have a good knowledge of the situation in the LDCs:

Up to now, the following thirty-six projects were funded.

Country Project
Brazil Establishment of shops managed by Asociaçao Arte e Convivio de Botucatu
Colombia Reproduction and distribution of brochures with instructions for carers of people with mental illness
EthiopiaAccra, Ghana Self-Help Groups and Lifelihoods Support risk evaluation Ablekuma Self-Help Group* Okaikoi North Self-Help Group*
North-Ghana Suglo Kongo Bo Self-Help Group
Ti Songmi Taba Self-Help Group*
Gwan Zagsi Self-Help Group*
Kenya Kenya Self-help group (schizophrenia)
Community Health Volunteers Group
KAMILI Organization (two self-help groups)
KAWE Epilepsy Self-help group (goat farming)Nomads Lifelihoods BN Kenya nomads livelihoods narrative1, Kenya_Training Method and photos 2, Kenya_Training Method and photos 3
Russia Step by step psycho-education (publication of manual)
South Africa Depression and anxiety group, Northern Suburbs & Cape Town.
Tanzania Kinyerezi Self-help group*
Temeke Self-help group*
Anwanynala Self-help group*
Umoja ni nguvu Self-help group for Chikwaya village (Wheel barrows, live stock)
Jienendeleze Self-help group
Sisi kwa sisi Self-help group
Muungano Self-help group for Lubangala village(Bee keeping)
Ukombozi Self-help group for Nangoo village (Gardening, poultry)
Tuaminiane Self-help group for Sululu village (Pig rearing)
Akilimi Ni Mali Self-help group for Misechela village (Poultry and farming)
Uganda Ani Yali Amanyi Mental health group
Dikiriber Avogera Mental health group
Bulamu Kujjanjabi Association (BUKA)
Kaseeta Kweimukye Mental health group
Kamwokya Mental health group
Thomas Walunguba Community Outreach activities for schizophrenia
Alex Adaku Rehabilitation and Community MH Promotion Demonstration projectCommunity Mental Health Program Activites, JinjaSoroti United Mental Health Association (SUMHA) Project for Banana/Passion Fruit Farming for Uganda Mental Health Fellowship – Atanekontola (Emmanuel Mufumba, Uganda)
Ukraine Reflected Worlds Foundation
Zimbabwe National Association for Mental Health

*The projects were implemented with help of the Basic Needs Organizations.