Mental Health in Kenya - Melanie Blake MBE visits CGMH

04 May 2017

Melanie Blake MBE visited the CGMH on 4th May and gave an insightful talk on the organisation she set up in Kenya to address the shortfall in mental health care.

Melanie discussed how she set up the Kamili Organisation in 2009 to take over two mental health clinics which were running in low income areas of Nairobi, including one slum area. These private clinics were due to close despite offering a much needed service for the local community. Recognising this need Melanie stepped in and set up Kamili, which since its inception has become one of the main providers of mental health care in Kenya. A number of nurses have been trained each year and are integrating mental health care provision into existing health clinics throughout the country. Melanie highlighted her outstanding achievements with Kamili, which currently provides services to over 7,700 patients - having started with 200 in 2009, and now funds 11 mental health clinics around Kenya. 

Melanie’s passion for Kenya and her commitment to improving mental health care was evident in her talk, and her hard work has been recognised - Melanie is visiting London to receive her MBE from Buckingham Palace, which she was awarded in the 2017 New Year’s Honours. 

We congratulate Melanie on her award and thank her for visiting the Centre for Global Mental Health.   

Melanie is very interested in inspiring collaboration with her organisation, if you would like to find out more information on Kamili organisation or get in touch with her please click here.

 A recording of the talk is availbale to download here.