Unity in Health’s partners include university departments, medical colleges, hospitals, host country NGOs and charitable foundations.  In all cases we aim to work collaboratively with our partners in a relationship based on mutual respect, shared decision making and shared responsibility.  Respecting each others’ viewpoints and experiences, acknowledging each others’ strengths and weaknesses, maintaining open and honest communication and remaining flexible to changing circumstances are key to developing long term effective partnerships.  Within such partnerships, shared commitment to working towards and evaluating progress to mutually developed goals can be achieved.

Monitoring & Evaluation

The monitoring and evaluation of programme activities is a shared responsibility between Unity in Health and its partner agencies. All stakeholders work together to ensure effective use of resources, achievement of agreed objectives and evaluation of overall impact.

Each programme requires its own monitoring and evaluation strategy ensuring that both proposed measures and the process of evaluation is are appropriate for the programme and culturally informed.  The development of a programme specific ‘theory of change’ is an important first step in involving all stakeholders in agreeing desired outcomes but also examining questions such as ‘Why do we think this particular activity will lead to the desired outcomes?’.  This facilitates all stakeholders sharing assumptions, beliefs, experience and evidence based knowledge to inform the anticipated outcomes and the methods by which they can be evaluated.

Our partners in Nepal

ChoraChori Nepal

ChoraChori rescues Nepali children from abusive situations in Nepal and India, manages their trauma and reintegrates them with their families and communities. Where this is not possible, ChoraChori provides for children’s care, education and training until they can look after themselves as young adults. www.chorachori.org.uk

Project: Community follow-up programme for children victims of abuse and exploitation in 6 southern districts of Nepal.

Duration: 3 years

Objectives:

  • Launch a structured follow-up mental health outreach service for children discharged from ChoraChori Nepal’s refuge and in need of long-term mental health and emotional support.
  • Ensure that all children & adolescents are successfully re-integrated with their families and loved ones and improve their chances of recovering from the psychological scars left by severe forms of abuse.
  • Raise community awareness on child (ren) safeguarding, mental health and emotional needs, and encourage the implementation of simple, efficient referral pathways for children at risk and in need of professional support.

Nepal Medical College (NMC)

The Nepal Medical College (NMC) is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the valley of Kathmandu. The College’s mission is to “is to educate human resources for health who are competent and have caring and compassionate behaviour for rendering preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative health care services to the people and at the same time keep themselves updated with the latest trends in medical and health sciences education by self-enquiring minds of biomedical, sociocultural and epidemiological scientific research.” www.nmcth.edu

Project: Strengthening Mental Health care in the valley of Kathmandu

Duration: 3-5years

Objectives:

  • Train NMC’s Nursing Staff (260 Nurses, working on 22 wards) on early detection and early management of mental health problems & psychosocial needs.
  • Train NMC’s Psychiatric Ward’s Nursing Team on essential inpatient nursing mental health care skills.
  • Launch a Community Based Awareness & Promotion Programme: Basic training in assessment & management of mental health problems (target group: healthcare workers based in the community) & Awareness & Promotion campaigns in schools (target group: teachers, students & parents).
  • Launch of an online mental health resource centre design for children and teenagers. An online platform providing advice on mental health and emotional issues to young Nepalis. An advocating tool to tackle the stigma and discrimination affecting those affected by mental health problems.
  • Support the training of medical students (Psychiatry Clinical Specialty) attached to the NMC’s Psychiatric Unit: Invite guest lecturers and promote interchange of learning experiences with other teaching organisations both in and outside Nepal.

 

Koshish – National Mental Health Self-help Organisation

KOSHISH is a Nepalese rights-based with a mission of providing community-based mental health and psychosocial support for people affected by mental disorders and advocating for improved mental health related laws and policies in Nepal. www.koshishnepal.org

Project: Training Nursing Staff in Inpatient and Community Mental Health Skills

Duration: 2 years

Objectives:

  • To assist KOSHISH with the provision of a high quality, evidence-based & nurse-led rehabilitation programme for those receiving care through the organisation’s two transit rehab homes and under its community outreach programmes.
  • To support KOSHISH qualified nurses in their professional development by acquiring new skills and capabilities and create an expert and resourceful mental health workforce able to share knowledge and expertise with local staff working in similar contexts in Nepal. To build new evidence supporting the importance of trained health care staff in the provision of high-quality, cost-effective, sustainable and most needed mental health services.
  • To empower KOSHISH nursing staff as future trainers of colleagues practising in other health and social care facilities across Kathmandu and Nepal, as a means to ensure the sustainability of such nursing practice development projects and to encourage others to engage in lifelong nursing learning.

Sri Lanka:

The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF)

The Lanka Alzheimer’s Foundation (LAF) is an approved charity (Gazette Notification No. 1225), incorporated in 2001 and registered with the Ministry of Social Services, Sri Lanka]. LAF is the first non-statutory organization dedicated to advocating and addressing the needs of those diagnosed with cognitive impairment and dementia. LAF is a member of the world body Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), which represents 79 countries — new members continue to join ADI’s membership annually, re-enforcing the growing importance of addressing dementia care issues across the globe.www.alzlanka.org

Samutthana

Samutthāna is the Sri Lankan branch of the King’s College London Resource Centre for Trauma, Displacement and Mental Health.

This dynamic partner provides training and support for organisations and individuals responding to psychosocial needs of those who have experienced trauma in Sri Lanka. www.samutthana.org.lk