GKSD, in cooperation with the Government of Kenya, a project was developed for the construction, operation and business management of a modern neuropsychiatric national teaching and referral hospital. The new hospital will serve the objectives and purposes of the national mental health strategy and most importantly, will represent a step towards improving Kenyans’ health and well-being for the current and future generations.
In November 2021 a meeting was held in Italy, which followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Kenyan government and Group San Donato in July 2021, that will see the two collaborate with the aim of enhancing health services in the country. The agreement sought to provide an enhanced local health sector that will guarantee quality services to all Kenyans and propel the country into a regional centre of choice for different diagnostics and advanced treatment.
The country has witnessed exponential rise in the number of mental disorders in recent years with statistics indicating that approximately 20-25 percent of outpatients seeking primary healthcare present symptoms of mental illness. A taskforce on mental health, which was inaugurated in December 2019, recommended a raft of measures including declaring mental health a national emergency as well as the establishment of a mental health commission and happiness, to advise, coordinate and continuously monitor the status of mental health, and report on the annual National Happiness Index.
The ministry of health has already developed a mental health policy (2015-2030) as well as unveiled the quality rights initiative that seeks to improve access to quality mental health service.
The new hospital
On the 14th of June 2022 the cornerstone was placed at the ground-breaking ceremony marking the beginning of construction site mobilisation for the Kenya International mental wellness hospital.
Situated near Nairobi, the structure comprises the hospital complex, a sports medical centre, a university, a residential area and a hospitality area.
The new centre of excellence will become the cornerstone of the national mental health reforms, that aim to decentralise the delivery of care and improve access to services in addition to lowering the cost of mental health treatment and psychiatric services.
Will be constructed on a 200-acre piece of land in Karen, and will be similar to the San Raffaele Research Hospital, located in Milan, Italy. The San Raffaele hospital is a highly specialised, multidisciplinary medical centre and is one of the biggest in Europe.
Once complete, the Kenya International mental wellness hospital, will become a national education and training hub for mental health, providing specialised post-graduate and professional training for multiple professional specialisations and disciplines in mental health.
The Ground Breaking Ceremony
June 14, 2022
A day of great pride as President Kenyatta’s vision for a state of the art hospital complex becomes a reality in partnership and support of the Italian Government, Italy’s leading GKSD Investment Holding Group and Gruppo San Donato. President Kenyatta thanked Minister Luigi Di Maio, Chairman Kamel Ghribi of GKSD Investment holding and Mr. Paolo Rotelli , Vice President GKSD and Gruppo San Donato. GKSD and GSD will support the project by contributing to the engineering and design works, helping with technical and medical training expertise etc to ensure that the developed infrastructure is able to deliver high standards of medical care. Mr. Ghribi said “It makes me very proud to see an Italian company in Africa not simply for profit but to help improve lives, share medical expertise and export technical expertise that will benefit Kenya and the wider region”. Mr. Ghribi further said, “African development must be supported through a partnership model”.