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Riot Games!

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BasicNeeds are delighted to be one of three charities being supported by Riot Games, the organisation behind one of the most successful online games: League of Legends.  BasicNeeds will benefit from a fundraising campaign through the Riot Games 2017 World Championships. Gamers are encouraged to vote for BasicNeeds through the in-game voting system that will… Read more

September 18, 2017

Improving the lives of people with mental illness: BasicNeeds UK merges with CBM UK

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People living with mental illness in low-and middle-income countries are some of the world’s most marginalised people. Mental health conditions such as depression are the leading cause of disability worldwide, often causing immense suffering and preventing people from earning a living or participating in their community. BasicNeeds is therefore excited to announce our merger with… Read more

July 21, 2017

BasicNeeds Annual Report 2016


We are delighted to share with you our Annual Report for 2016. With your support, over 686,000 lives have been transformed since we began work in 2000. Over the years, we have seen great improvements in people’s access to community-based mental health treatment, their ability to work and be involved in family and community life. Thank… Read more

April 20, 2017

World Health Day 2017

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The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign celebrated on 7th April, is ‘Depression: Let’s talk’. Depression is a common mental health disorder and globally more than 300 million people of all ages suffer. It is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.… Read more

April 7, 2017

BasicNeeds Programme Evaluator’s study visit to Ghana


In 2014, BasicNeeds received a grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) to scale up our community-based mental health care and support in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya through a social franchise approach.  This grant has provided the opportunity for BasicNeeds staff to mentor and support other organisations in these countries to increase their capacity and ability… Read more

March 30, 2017

International German Forum on global health and innovation

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Dr Chantharavady during a working group session on mental health “What matters to people—global health and innovation” was the theme of the Third International German Forum that was held at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin in February 2017. Dr Chantharavady Choulamany, BasicNeeds Lao PDR Programme Manager and winner of last year’s Dr Guislain Award, was one of… Read more

March 28, 2017

Impact Overview 2016


Livelihoods training conducted by BasicNeeds Kenya Over the last sixteen years, BasicNeeds has been supporting people with mental illness or epilepsy to lead better lives by providing access to effective community-based mental health services; equipping them with skills and the ability to make choices and contribute to their families and communities; and empowering them to… Read more

March 27, 2017

Strengthening mental health services in Pakistan

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BasicNeeds began its work in Pakistan in 2011 and has been implementing the BasicNeeds Model in three districts in Sindh Province– Korangi, Malir and Matiairi, with the help of local partners. The five year project supported by the British Asian Trust and the Aman Foundation has successfully developed a community-based mental health programme and over… Read more

February 22, 2017

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