Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
PCAF is working to create a scaleable, low-cost model for providing mental health care in low-resource settings to those who need it the most. Working with some of the best minds in global mental health to inform its model and delivery of care, PCAF is putting words and research into action, working to return victims of traumatic depression and PTSD to function: to work, to child-rearing and to school. By partnering with government and civil society, building human resource capacity in mental health, and working only with indigenous health care workers, PCAF hopes to leave a legacy of government and community acceptance of the necessity of mental health care that becomes intrinsic to the health care structure of each country it works in.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
PCAF has trained over 1,000 health workers to date, who have gone on to treat over 100,000. Our clinics saw 11,000 patients in 2011. Early results on these patients show a marked and sustained reduction of symptoms and a return to productivity.
PCAF's fourth annual pan-African conference on psychotrauma in Nairobi in July, 2011 was attended by nearly 600 participants. The conferences are written up in the African Journal of Traumatic Stress, now in it third edition. PCAF has supported and created a forum for the exchange of ideas, research and information on global mental health.
PCAF has provided care for the mentally ill where none would exist. Cambodia has no healthcare infrastructure. Uganda has a severe shortage of mental health care workers, and no funds to pay salaries. Liberia has neither a healthcare infrastructure nor human resource capacity. Without PCAF, thousands would go without any possibility of treatment, and would likely be unable to return to function.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
In Uganda, PCAF is now extending its community outreach program, providing care and psychoeducation in community health centers. This will likely increase patients treated by more than 25%.
In Cambodia, PCAF is partnering with the Applied Mental Health Research Group of the Bloomberg School of Public Health to improve its treatment delivery systems and patient outcomes at its two clinics.
In Liberia, PCAF plans to train and supervise a cadre of psychiatric nurses who will staff the country's planned network of menatl health Wellness Clinics.
In Kenya, PCAF plans to add mental health services to a maternal child health clinic in Kibera, Nairobi.
In the US, PCAF is working with a partner on a plan for a global mental health research network.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
PCAF is working to ensure its sustainability after the Aldermans are no longer able to guide the organization. An Executive Director was hired three years ago to consolidate and direct the organization and review strategy and operations. A Director of Programs was hired in the US, as well as a Director of Programs for Africa.This latter position is vital. A development associate and program associate has been added to the NY staff. The board has added three new members in this time frame, and is looking to expand further. WIth this plan for sustainability in process,the next barrier to success is funding. PCAF now has a number of foundation funders, and has expanded its individual giving program. It is working on establishing an endowment, and is looking to government funding sources.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Community outreach programs in Uganda will increase patient visits by 25%.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Add Kibera, Nairobi Kenya clinic service, and see 500 patients in the first 12months of operations