Gede Foundation joins as BasicNeeds’ first franchisee in Nigeria

Gede is delighted to report that the Foundation has joined BasicNeeds as its first social franchisee in Nigeria. The project is supported by Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada) and is aimed at scaling-up community based mental health care and support in East and West Africa. Through the project, Gede will reach 1800 people living with mental illness and epilepsy in Abuja over a two year period.

 John Minto, Managing Director of Gede remarks, “the 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”.
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