Kenyans who suffer
from mental illness
will go untreated.
Source: World Health Organization; Kenya National Commision on Human Rights, Kenya Mental Health Policy
The Kamili Vision
Kamili Organisation provides affordable mental health services via 30+ clinics across Kenya. Our model clinic in Nairobi provides: accurate diagnosis, treatment, support to patients and their families and psychosocial care in the form of education. We also regularly work with the local community to raise awareness about the symptoms and stigma associated with mental health.
Kamili Organisation was set up in 2009 by Melanie Blake to take over two mental health clinics in low income areas of Nairobi, including one slum area. The government had not supported the integration of these private clinics into the primary health care system, thus, they were due to close -despite offering a much needed service for the local community. Since then, Kamili has grown exponentially and become one of the main providers of mental health care in Kenya.
In 2017, Melanie Blake accepted, on behalf of Kamili, an MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to Mental Health in Kenya. Read more about it here.
We currently have 112 Kamili trained nurses in 42 of the 47 counties and 37 in training. Our goal is to have a clinic in every county in Kenya.
- Up until March 2023, Kamili supports nearly 14,000 patients and their families. This number is constantly increasing.
- In the year 2022, the counselling department facilitated 1895 consultations, where 803 were new and 1092 were revisits. Among them were 1135 females and 760 males.
- Counselling Department conducted seminars and group therapy sessions for a wide range of people
- We continue to build our Savings & Loan Programme
I've been here since day one - how I've seen Kamili grow! From a hopeless position we are now hopeful. We are making an impact on Kenyan society - and to patients personally. I can see it on their faces. As they enter the clinic they light up and smile. We have a personal relationship they value. I know so because they tell me every day.
I came to Kamili 5 years ago for training and never left. Kamili taught me more than anywhere else I had trained. The clinic receives such a wide range of illnesses so I feel I have learned an enormous amount in a short amount of time. The professionals here are one of a kind. They teach me everyday and I am constantly growing. Kamili has made me a better counselor.