Dixon Chibanda

Dixon Chibanda is the founder and CEO of the Friendship Bench. The Friendship Bench programme is a brief psychological intervention delivered by community health workers, it was started in 2006 in Mbare, one of Harare, Zimbabwe鈥檚 townships.

In his role as PI, he led the Friendship Bench team through the rigorous exercise of a randomized control trial (RCT) which was able to deliver the evidence of the intervention鈥檚 effectiveness which went on to be published in the Journal of American Medicine Association (JAMA). With this backing evidence he has refined, adapted and scaled the intervention up both nationally and internationally.

Dixon is a key player in bringing various stakeholders from local health authorities, health professionals, national and international researchers and donors together to form successful collaborations. Chibanda's research interest focuses on the development of interventions delivered by non-professionals aimed at narrowing the treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

He is passionate about connecting with ordinary people in ways that improve their lives using simple but effective programs that can be carried out by non-specialists. He likes to think outside the box as he explores ways of helping people with common mental health disorders. He is a black belt martial arts instructor and is passionate about using alternative interventions such as tai-chi and karate to enhance resilience in young people.

Dixon Chibanda's Project

Describe The Friendship Bench The Friendship Bench program is an evidence-based intervention developed in Zimbabwe to bridge the mental health treatment gap. Our mission is to create safe spaces and a sense of belonging in communities so as to enhance mental well-being and improve quality of life through the use of problem-solving therapy delivered by […]

Dixon Chibanda's Tweets

Thank you @McKinsey Health Institute (MHI), Kana Enomoto for hosting me on your Conversations on Health series.

Sharing stories is important in our work towards positive change, whether at individual, community or policy or level. We must all talk.


Be active, find your teams Friendship Bench at the #FIFAWorldCup 2022!

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"We need these alternative innovations to narrow the mental health treatment gap. The Friendship Bench is a space to share stories and through storytelling we can all be healed." Friendship Bench Founder & CEO @DixonChibanda

Full article from @AFP here: http://shorturl.at/dkHN8

Lecture: Global Mental Health: Friendship bench - evolution of a task-shifting model

14th Nov, 5.30pm GMT

Speaker @DixonChibanda

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@GMentalHealth @friendshipbench

Looking forward to the next three years of taking mental health to within walking distance for all with #DIVISAID @GlobalDevLab 馃嚳馃嚰

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