The Journey of the Friendship Bench - A move from research to implementation by Dixon Chibanda.
Held at the Alan J Flisher Memorial Centre for Public Health, Cape Town
5 NOVEMBER 2019
Zimbabwe: Grandmothers as psychologists
Many people in Zimbabwe suffer from depression. One thing is clear: there are too few psychiatrists or psychotherapists. The Friendship Bank project is now helping grandmothers.
15 OCTOBER 2019
Leadership in Research: 3 lessons by Dr Dixon Chibanda
Dr Dixon Chibanda, Founder of the Friendship Bench delivered the opening address at the AfOx FORA Conference.
10 JUNE 2019
Dixon Chibanda: Zimbabwe Training Grandmothers to Treat Depression at Davos World Economic Forum
Dixon Chibanda – one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe with a population of more than 16 million and founder of the Friendship Bench programme – he trained elderly Zimbabwean women to deliver evidence-based talk therapy on benches under trees to bring care and hope to those in need.
25 JANUARY 2019
TED Talks women
Why I train grandmothers to treat depression
Published on Mar 7, 2018
Dixon Chibanda is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe -- for a population of more than 16 million. Realizing that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. In this extraordinary, inspirational talk, learn more about the friendship bench program, which trains grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy and brings care, and hope, to those in need.
How grandmothers help fight depression in Zimbabwe
Published on Mar 14, 2017
Zimbabwe's public health system, like other sectors, has been hit by a financial crisis. With a population of around 16 million, doctors say there are only 12 public health psychiatrists in the whole country. Now, a group of grandmothers is using what they call ‘friendship benches’ to help thousands of people suffering from mental health problems in the country.
Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa reports from Harare.