Dixon Chibanda

Job role: 
Principal Investigator (PI) of the Friendship Bench; Director for AMARI: African Mental Health Research Initiative
Member type: 
Service User Representative/Advocate
Brief Biography: 

Dixon Chibanda started the Friendship Bench in one of Harare’s townships called Mbare in 2007 and conceptualized the first Friendship Bench intervention that has now been refined and adapted considerably.

He has been involved in mental health research for many years. Dixon is a key player in bringing the various stakeholders from local health authorities, health professionals, national and international researchers and donors together to form successful collaborations. In his role as PI, he has led the Friendship Bench team through the rigorous exercise of the randomized control trial (RCT) which was able to deliver evidence for the intervention’s effectiveness. He is currently leading the team as they scale-up the Friendship Bench to over 60 primary health care clinics in the country.

Dixon Chibanda is also Director of AMARI: African Mental Health Research Initiative 

Regions of interest: 
Disorders of interest: 
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
Dixon Chibanda

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Psychological interventions for PTSD in people living with HIV in resource poor settings

A systematic review on interventions for adult post-traumatic stress disorder in people living with HIV from resource-poor settings.
Page type: 
Research summaries and systematic reviews
Empowerment and service user involvement
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The Friendship Bench

Trained and supervised lay health worker stationed on a “Friendship Bench” delivers problem-solving therapy.
Depression/anxiety/stress-related disorders
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The journey of making mental health a development priority

This blog from Dixon Chibanda (Friendship Bench) and Elisha London (United for Global Mental Health) raises that it's now time to act on making mental health a development priority.
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MHIN Africa launch webinar: "African mental health care stakeholders are more powerful together”

MHIN Africa kicks off its official launch with a webinar explaining why mental health stakeholders in Africa must join forces.
Policy and legislation
Training, education and capacity building
All disorders