The Kenya Psychiatric Association is a professional association registered with Registrar of Societies in 1986 as a non-political, non-religious and non-profit making organization. The Association`s objectives are:
- To foster brotherly relations among psychiatrists
- To promote and improve mental health in Kenya
- To conduct and coordinate research
- To disseminate information and knowledge pertaining to the field of mental health
- To maintain professional and ethical standards in the practice of psychiatry.
- To co-ordinate and liaise with national and international bodies with similar objectives on matters related to mental health.
- To raise funds and to receive donations in pursuit of its objectives.
- To offer expert advice on professional matters related to mental health.
- To organize meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops at regional, national, and international levels in promotion and furtherance of its objectives.
The association over the years has achieved its aims and objectives through tremendous achievements and contributions, among them: technical contribution to development of policies and legislations such as The Mental Health Act 1989 and The Kenya Mental Health Policy 2015-2030; contributions to the scientific research and academic development in psychiatry and mental health; remarkable partnership and collaboration with local and international institutions in the development of mental health and other health agendas. The association has demonstrated transformative leadership in promoting mental health and best practices in psychiatry, catered for the welfare of the members, and provided mentorship to trainees. It has also participated in community engagement and supported communities through corporate social responsibility initiatives.
The niche of KPA is defined by the following features:
- It has a well-established relationship with the Ministry of Health and other government ministries, State Departments and Agencies.
- It is the only association that exclusively focuses on mental health and seeks to unite all mental health professionals
- KPA has experience in engagement with multi sectorial health stakeholders at different levels.
- It has a well-established history of joint interventions and networking with evidence of promotion of mental health.
Vision, Mission and Core values
Vision: To be a leading professional association in mental health globally.
Mission: To promote leadership, mentorship and evidence based service provision, capacity building and research in mental health.
Core Values: KPA commits to abide by a set of distinct values that underpin the pursuit of its mission, and also reflect its broader approach to mental health as demonstrated by the following seven core values:
- Professionalism: KPA is to discharge its duties diligently and in line with the nationally and internationally recognized ethical and professional standards.
- Non Discrimination: KPA shall be a non-partisan, non-racist, non-sexist professional association with independent positions in relation to mental health issues.
- Unity of purpose: KPA`s approach is that of unity for all its members, partners and all stakeholders in its vision and mission in an effort to strengthen mental healthcare systems.
- Connective engagement: “strength in numbers” – the strategic operational approach is in collective strength. All association members and partners are given an opportunity to contribute meaningfully in the implementation of the KPA`s strategy.
- Ethical integrity: KPA guides its members and maintains a high standard of integrity and ethical values in service delivery and health research.
- Leadership, accountability and transparency: KPA is to continuously improve the quality of leadership while maintaining transparent and accountable governance systems.
- Empathy: KPA is committed to human dignity.