KIBU Dons led by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bennedict M. Mutua (Principal Investigator) have won a grant of Euros (€) 30,000, approximately KES 4,650,000 from Africa UniNET.
The funding will go towards a project that will be implemented collaboratively by Kibabii University, Medical University, Graz, Austria and National University of Lesotho. The project brings together researchers with varied experiences with the aim of strengthening capacity of teachers and creating awareness among secondary school students on mental health. The project is motivated by the increasing cases of mental health disorders among secondary school students in Kenya and the SDG target 3.4 which focuses on mental health and wellbeing. The 74th World Health Assembly sets out clear actions for member states, international, regional and national partners to promote mental health and well-being for all with a view to preventing mental health conditions for those at-risk and to achieve universal coverage for mental health services. The findings of the project will be beneficial to the teachers, learners as well as the entire community. This will contribute to the University’s mandate of giving back to the society through community outreach. The project is expected to strengthen collaboration among the three institutions and is expected to create an opportunity for academic staff to create long term networks for further engagements in research and publications
The project will be run by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Benedict M. Mutua (Principal Investigator), Dr. Joshua Olang’o Abuya, Prof. Ernest S. Mohochi, Prof. Julius K. Maiyo, Dr. Lucy Namusonge, Dr. Echaune Manasi, Dr. Martha Konje, Dr. Paul O. Obino, Dr. Rose Mutende, Dr. Patrick Owoche and Dr. Leonida Makila.