BasicNeeds is excited to be part of the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge in partnership with CrowdRise and Huffington Post!
BasicNeeds is an international development organisation founded by Chris Underhill. Since mental health remains a neglected issue in global health, BasicNeeds works to bring about a lasting change in the lives of people with mental illness and epilepsy around the world.
That almost three quarters of those suffering from mental illness live in low and middle income countries is now well documented. Apart from an estimated 85% treatment gap, the close link of mental ill health with poverty is now being increasingly recognised as a tremendous challenge. Poverty brings with it heightened stress, social exclusion, malnutrition, violence and trauma, all of which contribute to mental illness. It is a vicious circle as those with mental illness experience widespread stigma and discrimination, suffer violence and abuse, and find it harder to get work, get an education or contribute to family and community. They are more prone to other forms of illness and disease, and find it more difficult to access health care.
BasicNeeds operates its Model for Mental Health & Development in 12 countries of Africa and Asia. The Model, initially developed and tested in India in 2000, combines access to regular community-based treatment with livelihoods support to alleviate household poverty and initiatives to overcome stigma and abuse.
To date BasicNeeds has reached more than half a million people. Since 2000, we have reached 580,131 people with mental illness and epilepsy, their carers and family members. We are the only agency who offers a multi-faceted approach facilitating access to medical treatment for patients whilst also addressing socio-economic development.
We now plan to further scale up and reach out to at least a million more people with mental illness and epilepsy by 2018. You can help us achieve this goal!
By making a donation, you can help us reach out to more people who are in need of assistance.
$10 will buy some seeds and a watering can for a horticultural project part of the livelihoods programme
$30 will help pay for a month’s medication for a mentally ill person
$50 will buy a goat that can give a mentally ill person a chance to start a business
$70 will go towards trainer’s fees to train people in livelihoods skills for a day
$100 will go towards training a community volunteer who will be in charge of visiting mentally ill people and making sure their training is going well
$150 will fund a comprehensive mental health intervention that include psychosocial support and income generating projects for an affected individual and 3 of his/her caregivers for a year
$300 will help us to pay for a psychiatrist to travel to rural areas to diagnose mentally ill
For more information about BasicNeeds, please visit www.basicneeds.org
**The Skoll Community Fund will serve as an intermediary for BasicNeeds for the duration of the Challenge.