Gede’s Vision is based on a belief that all members of all societies have the right to good health. Gede’s Mission is focused on bringing underserved and stigmatised health burdens ‘out of the shadows’ through high quality research (often into the unexplored areas of prevalence and impact), catalytic partnerships and advocating for change which makes a real and long lasting impact at the community level.
What is an NGO?
Non-governmental organisations (NGO) are active in promoting a variety of rights and interests, such as public policy, environmental care, and health rights. They are non-profit and citizen-based in nature, and they operate independent of government control. Gede Foundation is an NGO based in Abuja, Nigeria. As an NGO, Gede focuses on health projects related to underserved and stigmatised disease burdens. This vision is based on a belief that all members of all societies have the right to good health. The projects launched and sustained by NGOs like Gede are funded through private donations, membership dues, sale of goods and services, and grants. All donations to Gede Foundation are coursed straight into long-term and high impact rights-based health projects. The operations of any NGO are cooperative and collaborative in nature. For example, Gede Foundation works on development and advocacy projects related to HIV-AIDS and mental health in partnership with other institutions focusing on research, social development, and awareness campaigns.
"There is no health without mental health." With this fundamental philosophy in mind, Gede Foundation has been working to create and reinforce humane and comprehensive mental health policies since 2017. The efforts of Gede Foundation range from community-based mental health services to policy formulation and adoption on a broader national level. Communities in Nigeria have benefited from the capacity-building of the BasicNeeds model. Gede Foundation has been working with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) to boost mental health care at the primary healthcare facilities. These high impact, innovative, and influential projects are being built by Gede in collaboration with different partners.
Training on Mental Health
Mental health is widely regarded as an essential aspect of health and lifestyle that needs to be integrated in daily living. However, many companies and organisations struggle with the integration of mental health awareness and interventions, despite the numerous frameworks advocating for its inclusion. Key integration activities need to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Targets, the 2013 National Mental Health Service Delivery Policy, and other frameworks. Gede Foundation offers partner agencies and other organisations significant experience and expertise in key integration training activities. These training packages include knowledge on determinants of mental disorders, dealing with stigma and discrimination, task shifting, awareness of legislative frameworks, and full integration.
King’s College Training
Gede Foundation is dedicated to helping researchers and interested individuals optimise their capacity to deal with underserved and stigmatised health burdens. In January 2017, Gede Foundation, in partnership with King's College London and the Nigerian Psychological Association, conducted training in Advanced Research Skills for Health and Development. This training was designed to enhance the understanding of all aspects of high-quality research. Participants gained more practical and expert knowledge in aspects such as research design, data collection, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and dissemination of research with the public. Aside from this, Gede Foundation also plans to conduct more trainings in partnership with King's College London.
OVC- Support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Providing support to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) is an integral part of Gede Foundation's mission since 2003. Within the National OVC support guidelines, Gede has been making lifetime investments to enable children to acquire educational, medical, and psychosocial balance. Our offices in Calabar and Abuja provide the support to orphans and vulnerable children in partnership with agencies such as the Federal Capital Territory Action Committee on AIDS and the Addax-Oryx Foundation. Two of Gede's initiatives are educational support, with the provision of essential school materials and the Peer Educators' Programme, and also income generating activities to enhance the marketable life skills that children need for their future.
The Learning Organisation
Applied learning is an invaluable tool in the survival and growth of any organisation. This concept holds true in a world characterised by permanent change, complexity, and fast-paced transformation. Learning is the only way organisations can become truly sustainable. Since 2016, Gede Foundation has been redefining itself as a pioneering, innovative, and adaptive organisation that neither follows trends nor conducts generic projects. Gede Foundation continuously leads the agenda, sets the pace and pushes for efforts as new programme focuses are identified and defended. Learning has been engraved in the system, people, and programmes of Gede Foundation to create opportunities, share knowledge, and ultimately innovate in a changing world.
Gede Foundation invests in high-quality research that can aid policymakers, other non-government organisations, and communities in addressing the underserved and stigmatised health burdens in society. In 2015, Gede Foundation conducted a joint research project in partnership with the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) on the prevalence of depression, alcohol use, and suicidality among the HIV population in Abuja. With a total of 1,187 respondents, this public health study was one of the largest done in Nigeria among the HIV population. Gede's research agenda reflects the pressing intersection of the HIV-AIDS burden and the realities of mental health illnesses.