A Healthy Mind, A Healthy Me, A Healthy You

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Goal of the consortium

To Improve treatment, care and management services for persons with mental health disorders in Kenya

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Mission

Comprehensive and Integrated delivery of mental health services at all levels (family, community, primary health care and private sector) in Kenya

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Vision

Universal Access to health by all

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The consortium outcome

To develop workable models for institutional (private and public), community and home based care to be rolled out through Government, private sector, NGO and communities

Veiw our most recent Work!

Partnering with various NGOs on a Mental Wellness Campaign.

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Who we are
THAW is a Health and Wellness Consortium currently consisting of 11 members.
– 2 universities
– 3 medical training institutions
– 4 civil society actors
– 2 hospitals (1 public and 1 private)
Plans to expand this to 15 by Dec 2013 (to include Mathari Hospital, 2 national Universities, 1 private sector)
Why Thaw?
• As per WHO statistics, 20% of the population are having mental health problems at any one time.
• As per Africa Mental Health Foundation 25 – 30% of people visiting primary health care have underlying mental health conditions that are rarely diagnosed and addressed
• These mentally ill persons overuse the primary health services because the underlying cause of illness (mental Health) is not diagnosed.
• Mental health policies and procedures are out dated and based on old colonial views of mental illness.
• Appalling mental health services at all levels in Kenya (government, private sector, community and family) and non respect of rights of persons with psychosocial disabilities
• Unforgiving stigma at all levels
• Uncoordinated/unregulated alternative therapy sector (traditional healers etc.)
• Inadequate resources for mental health organizations globally
• Weak capacity of organizations, health providers, communities and families coupled with unhealthy competition
• Expensive private sector models
• Poor allocation to mental health service – approximately 1% of health budget in Kenya.
What thaw seeks to do
• Seeks to coordinate and strengthen partnership within the sector
• Strengthen capacity of the service providers
• Campaign for increased allocation of health budgets to mental health sector (both private and public)
• Facilitate development and sharing of new knowledge
• Push for reforms in the light of CRPD and Bill of Rights in the COK 2010.
• Developing a sustainable Social Enterprise model on mental wellness
Objectives of the consortium
• Goal: To Improve treatment, care and management services for persons with mental health disorders in Kenya
• Outcome: To develop workable models for institutional (private and public), community and home based care to be rolled out through Government, private sector, NGO and communities

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and the projects it has underway.

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Our Partners

  • Ngong Sub-district Hospital
  • SFK
  • AFH
  • USP-Kenya
  • PUEA

SUSAN CATHERINE KETER LAUNCHES COACHING AND MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

Advert - 8th Feb ForumSusan catherine Keter, CEO of THAW consortium launched a new coaching and mentorship programme focusing on health, relationship and finances. So far she has held four free open forums in Nairobi on different health and wellness related issues. This include sexual Health Forum in December 2013, financial forum in January and mental health in February 2014. The mental health forum discussion is based on Susan soon to be published book “set yourself free”, a personal testimony on the causes, effects and management of depression. During the meeting and alternatives therapies also presented his views on how he manages depression using alternative remedies.  It was worth nothing that alternative therapies are playing a critical in the management of depressions and they should be supported and included in mainstream treatment and management processes.

Susan also offers online and face to face support to persons who need help on depression related matters. Some of the things she handles include the impact of depression on health, social and personal relationships; the role that finances plays in depression.  For more details see Susan endeavours on www.susancatherineketer.com.