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Gede Foundation Team

Mental health in Nigeria

With an estimated population of 170 million, Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa. A 2006 survey noted that estimates of lifetime prevalence of mental disorders range from 12.1% to 26.2%. Nigeria has about 200 psychiatrists, mostly working in urban areas, leaving the rural areas with no specialist services. Only 20% of people with serious common mental disorders, such as depression with suicidal risk, received treatment in the preceding 12 months of the survey – and most of this treatment was judged to be substandard.

Assessment of mental health services in Nigeria by the World Health Organisation in 2006 showed that the national budget did not clearly define the allocation for mental health, although roughly 3.3% of the annual health budget was spent on mental health, with over 90% of this budget directed towards mental hospitals.

Our Work

Gede Foundation

Gede Foundation our first franchisee in Nigeria was established in 2003. It focuses on bringing underserved and stigmatized health burdens ‘out of the shadows’ through high quality research, catalytic partnerships and advocacy. Gede started with the provision of HIV treatment and care services. To deepen their commitment to the HIV community, they shifted their focus on mental health and HIV in 2014 through research, community based awareness raising and advocacy. The programme initiatives include: facilitating the formation of a mental health Civil Society Organisation (CSO) coalition in Abuja, running a Mental Health Dialogue programme, developing a Mental Health Directory, and the cultural validation of mental health screening tools. Gede also have major OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) activities in Calabar and Abuja.

Under a social franchise agreement with BasicNeeds UK, and supported by BasicNeeds Ghana along with funding from Grand Challenges Canada, Gede began implementing the BasicNeeds Model since March 2016 and aims to reach 1,000 people living with mental illness or epilepsy and 800 carers and family members in the next two years. To date, Gede have worked with 176 people living with mental illness and/or epilepsy and 142 carers.

John MintoThe 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”. John Minto, Managering Director of Gede.

Our impact to date

As of December 2016, 2,232 people including those affected by mental illnesses, their carers and family members have been supported through our programme in Nigeria.

Contact information

Gede Foundation
No. 13 Danube Street Maitama, Abjua
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Tel no.: +234 (0) 805 840 4610
Email: [email protected]

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