KADIMA is honored to have been asked to help establish a program for advanced mental health treatments in Rwanda, a beautiful African country that suffers from high rates of depression, suicide and PTSD, much of which can be traced to the 1994 genocide that took place in that country.
Timeline of Events
Dr. Cindi Cassady, an American psychologist living in Rwanda, make a visit to Kadima to explore bringing Ketamine therapy to Rwanda
Inspired by what she saw at Kadima, Dr. Cassady encourages Dr. Pauline Banguti, a Anesthesiologist in Rwanda to visit Kadima
Dr. Feifel is invited to speak at the 8th annual All Africa Anesthesiology Conference in Kigali, Rwanda (September 2022)
Dr. Feifel meets with Rwanda government officials, health department, local FDA, and insurance companies to discuss Ketamine Therapy
Following the meeting, the group resolved to open two centers for Ketamine therapy modeled after Kadima. A task force was formed with Dr. Feifel as a consultant
Dr Feifel continues consulting with the task force on designing the clinics and the development the necessary resource
Construction has begun on two specialized centers, modeled after Kadima, which will provide advanced treatments for mental illness such as ketamine therapy and TMS.
Goal: Making Ketamine Therapy accessible for Africans with mental health conditions
Dr. Feifel's visit to rwanda
Dr. Feifel was invited by the Rwanda Society of Anesthesiologist to speak at the 8th annual All Africa Anesthesiology Conference in Kigali, Rwanda (September 2022). This presentation grew out of a request by providers at King Faisal Hospital in Kigali for KADIMA’s assistance to establish the first Ketamine Assisted Therapy program in Africa.
During his trip, Dr. Feifel also met with the leadership of Rwanda’s flagship neuropsychiatric hospital where he gave a lecture to the staff providers on advanced treatments for mental illness such at TMS, ketamine therapy and psychedelic assisted therapy.
During his presentations, Dr. Feifel shared his vast experience and knowledge developing and using advanced treatments to treat a litany of psychiatric conditions including depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, PTSD, OCD and eating disorders
Bringing Advanced Mental Health To Africa
Dr. Feifel wrapped up his invited visit to Rwanda by speaking to the country’s key healthcare stakeholders at a special meeting arranged by the Ministry of Health. In addition to government officials and top mental health providers, attendees included representatives of Rwanda’s FDA and the major medical insurance agencies.
After the presentation and questions, the group expressed enthusiasm to create, with Dr. Feifel’s assistance, a center of excellence modelled upon Kadima Neuropsychiatry Institute, that would provide Ketamine therapy and other advanced treatments for mental illness. A task force has since been established to take the next steps!
Construction Underway in Kigali, Rwanda!
In Kigali, Rwanda, a significant step forward has been made in the realm of mental health care. Construction has begun on specialized centers dedicated to ketamine therapy. These establishments signal a commitment to providing cutting-edge treatments for those in need, marking a transformative moment for healthcare in the region.
African Medical Delegation Comes to Train at kadima
This October, a distinguished team of eight African medical professionals, comprising doctors, psychiatrists, and nurses, will be hosted by Kadima Neuropsychiatry in San Diego. Under the guidance of Dr. Feifel and the dedicated Kadima staff, they will gain firsthand experience in administering Ketamine therapy for mental health.
Stay tuned for more updates about this project!
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