8 Aug 2020

Dixon Chibanda on his revolutionary mental health intervention

From Saturday Morning, 11:05 am on 8 August 2020

Dixon Chibanda is one of only 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe serving a population of more than 16 million and over 90 per cent of people in his country don’t have access to evidence-based talking therapies or modern antidepressants.

So how can you help those in need if conventional medical care is not available?

By utilising a large natural resource: grandmothers!

Professor Chibanda has recruited and trained hundreds of them to talk to people about their problems on 'friendship benches'.

They have helped about 70,000 people already and scientific studies suggest the technique works.