No one organization can claim to have impacted enough to the lives and wellbeing of the ‘vulnerable’ populations. Indeed, this explains why Gede Foundation hosted Peter Yaro from BasicNeeds Ghana in Abuja within the week of 1-5 February 2016 to share experiences on their programmes, and promote more opportunities for possible future collaboration.
In addition to other engagements within the visit, Peter was able to meet with Gede’s Team Members including the Board Members, Communities and a Behavioural Medicine Healthcare Facility.
The common area of interest revolved around mental health, in which, the two organizations are seeking ways to expand within the West African sub-region.
In visiting Mpape and Dutse communities (where most of Gede’s beneficiaries reside), Peter noted the overwhelming similarities that exist between the two countries which include communal coexistent and the central role played by community gatekeepers in sustaining viable initiatives. This community setting is a pointer to the possibility replication of Ghana’s BasicNeeds’ mental health care model in Nigeria’s communities