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Home » News » Gede Foundation joins as BasicNeeds’ first franchisee in Nigeria

Gede Foundation joins as BasicNeeds’ first franchisee in Nigeria

Posted on March 3, 2016 by

We are pleased to report that Gede Foundation has joined BasicNeeds as our first social franchisee in Nigeria, as part of BasicNeeds’ project supported by Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada) to scale-up community based mental health care and support in East and West Africa.

Gede Foundation has been working in Nigeria since 2002 to bring underserved and highly stigmatised health burdens ‘out of the shadows’. Since 2013, they have played a major role in raising awareness about the complex relationship between HIV-AIDS and mental illness. In partnership with the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Gede has recently finished collecting data for a large Prevalence Study of common mental disorders in a sample of over 1000 people living with HIV-AIDS in Abuja. Gede also Co-Chairs the National Agency for the Control of AIDS’ Technical Working Group on Mental Health, tasked with developing ways in which mental health can be integrated into existing health platforms.

Gede Foundation Team

With the aim of reaching 1800 people living with mental illness and epilepsy in Abuja, Gede will implement a two year project under a social franchise agreement with BasicNeeds UK, supported by BasicNeeds Ghana.

John Minto, Managing Director of Gede remarks, “the Foundation supports the Government of Nigeria’s approach to mental illness which is based on a holistic understanding of the roles which community based diagnosis, treatment and livelihoods play. Through the BasicNeeds Model, Gede will help clients to return to a normal life, which includes being productive members of both their families and communities. The partnership also represents an important learning opportunity for Gede which seeks to lead in the area of mental health advocacy in Nigeria”.

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