Mental disorders represent an enormous burden in much of Africa. Environmental factors, such as political violence and poverty, increase risk for mental illness in regions that have extremely limited resources to provide care. The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health’s collaboration with the Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation aims to provide ongoing opportunities for research and training. With a focus on exploring innovative strategies to improve mental health services in low-resourced environments, our collaboration promises to provide important discoveries that can be implemented in Africa and North America alike.
The Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation
Africa Mental Health Research and Training 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 behavior. The Foundation’s 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. It is now the premier Mental Health Research and Resource Centre in the region. It works with Multi-stakeholders of various backgrounds who have something to contribute to mental health in Kenya and other low-income countries. Website: www.africamentalhealthfoundation.org
The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health has partnered with Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation since 2011 to support research initiatives that address current special needs for Kenya in the field of mental health. The following areas of research represent the collaboration’s research and training priorities:
The collaboration with the Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation has led to significant scientific contributions in the form of scholarly publications. Please see below for a curated list of some joint publications:
- Perceived impacts as narrated by service users and providers on practice, policy and mental health system following the implementation of the mhGAP-IG using the TEAM model in a rural setting in Makueni County, Kenya: a qualitative approach
The psychometric properties of the Washington Early Recognition Center Affectivity and Psychosis (WERCAP) screen in adults in the Kenyan context: Towards combined large scale community screening for affectivity and psychosis
- Toward Community Coverage on Self-Screening, Diagnosis, and Help-Seeking Behavior for Both Gender Victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in a Kenyan Setting: The Development of IPV–Brief Self-Screener (IPV-BSS) Version of the WHO-IPV Instrument
For further information on the Columbia Global Mental Health-Africa Mental Health Research and Training Foundation Collaboration, please contact Dr. Tahilia Rebello at [email protected].