University of Washington: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences & Global health

Mental Health research training for improved health Outcomes in Kenya is a collaborative project between the UW Department of Psychiatry and department of Glopbal health. Project is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health /NIHand is linked to PRIME-K

It is a 3 year project that has been running from September 2012 to 2015


Partnerships for Mental Health Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (PaM-D): Management of Psychosis in Kenya and the role of alternative Medical practitioners: A participatory approach

This study is a component of the collaborative hub for international research on Mental Health- named PaM-D awarded an NIH grant under RFA-MHA-12-110 under Prof Oyo Gureje of Ibadan. 

UON is is one of the collaborating sites with Prof C. Othieno as site leader.

Below is a summary of the Nairobi site project


Professor  Daivid Ndetei has been elected as chair of the African Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists to serve for Four years starting 4th July 2013

Linked - Mental Health Research Training for Improved Health Outcomes in Kenya



Common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder negatively impact health outcomes for millions of individuals with physical health conditions.  Despite clear links between mental illnesses and poor health outcomes, little research is conducted in Kenya on prevention and treatment of common mental disorders, particularly in general medical settings where the vast majority of Kenyans receive care.


General information

The department of psychiatry is one of the departments at the School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences. It was established in 1971 soon after the start of the medical college in 1967. The department is situated at the medical school, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). For teaching purposes, the department also uses Mathari Hospital, which is situated about 10 kilometres away from KNH. At KNH together with staff from KNH we run outpatient clinics for both adults and children. Mathari hospital with approximately 700 inpatients also offers teaching facilities.  An alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility has recently been established at Mathari hospital.

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