INTRODUCTION.
The Mental Health Camp, a collaborative effort between Safe Surgical Aid, Kenya Red Cross Society,
UNHCR, MSF, and the International Rescue Committee, took place over three days, from August 30th to
September 1st, 2023, at Dadaab Refugee Camp. The primary objective of this initiative was to provide essential
mental health services to the vulnerable population residing within the camp.
DAY 1 REPORT (AUGUST 30TH, 2023):
The inaugural day of the camp unfolded at Ifo 2 main hospital, where we successfully evaluated 49 patients,
comprising 15 females and 34 males. The prevalent mental health disorders identified included:
1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
3. Bipolar Mood Disorder (BMD)
4. Convulsive Disorder
5. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
6. Psychosis
7. Schizophrenia
Notably, two patients were deemed in need of specialized occupational therapy and were referred to HI. The
remaining patients received recommendations for ongoing treatment, which encompassed medication and
diverse forms of psychotherapy, encompassing both individual and family-focused interventions. Our sincere
gratitude extends to all the stakeholders who contributed to the resounding success of this endeavor.
DAY 2 REPORT (AUGUST 31ST, 2023):
The second day saw our team visiting IRC Hospital in Hagadera. It proved to be another fruitful day as we
reviewed a total of 32 patients, including 18 females and 14 males. A majority of these individuals displayed
stability and did not necessitate inter-agency referrals. The spectrum of mental health disorders encountered
included:
1. Acute Stress Reaction
2. Schizophrenia
3. Epilepsy
4. Seizure-Induced Psychosis
5. Psychosis
6. ASD
7. ADHD
8. Substance-Induced Psychosis
9. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

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DAY 3 REPORT (SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2023):
The final day of our Mental Health Camp encompassed the assessment of 34 patients. Notably, a significant
portion of these patients were children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Alongside them,
adults presented an array of mental health conditions, encompassing psychosis, ADHD, substance-induced
psychosis, and Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Epilepsy remained a common concern among the patients.
OVERALL OUTCOMES:
Collectively, the three-day Mental Health Camp provided crucial mental health services to a total of 115
patients. The collaborative synergy of Safe Surgical Aid, Kenya Red Cross Society, UNHCR, MSF, and the
International Rescue Committee significantly contributed to the accomplishment of our mission. This initiative,
dedicated to enhancing the mental well-being of the individuals within the Dadaab Refugee Camp, would not
have been possible without the unwavering commitment of our skilled professionals, including specialist
psychiatrists, psychiatry nurses, and support personnel. We celebrate the progress made toward fostering mental
health in our community. We commend the combined efforts of our medical teams and support staff, whose
dedication ensured the success of this vital mission.

KEY TAKEAWAYS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
Our experience at the Mental Health Camp in Dadaab Refugee Camp has provided valuable insights that inform
our recommendations for future initiatives:
1. Community Engagement: Active involvement of the refugee community is essential. Their insights
and cooperation are invaluable for understanding unique needs and cultural sensitivities.
2. Data Collection and Monitoring: Comprehensive data collection and continuous monitoring are
crucial. Detailed data, including demographics and treatment progress, can aid in better decision-making
and assessing the impact of interventions
3. Local Capacity Building: Investing in training local healthcare providers and mental health workers is
vital for sustainability. Developing local expertise and leadership within the camp can ensure ongoing
mental health support.
4. Stigma Reduction: Stigma surrounding mental health issues remains prevalent. Awareness campaigns
and education are needed to reduce stigma and encourage early intervention.
5. Interagency Collaboration: Effective collaboration among organizations is vital. Success is often due to
the synergy between various stakeholders. Hence, Fostering and strengthening interagency collaboration
will maximize the impact of mental health initiatives.
6. Long-Term Support: Explore options for providing continuous mental health support beyond the camp
visits. This includes telehealth services, partnerships with local organizations, and funding for
medication and therapy.
By integrating these key takeaways into our future initiatives, we can further enhance our efforts to address the
mental health needs of the refugee population and contribute to their overall well-being.

COMPREHENSIVE REPORT ON THE MENTAL HEALTH CAMP CONDCUTED DADAAB REFUGEE CAMP FROM AUGUST 30TH - SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2023

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