New international exchange project brings quality online education programme to dementia family carers in Kenya

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Alzheimer’s and dementia support organisations in Kenya and Ireland
have come together to share and promote best practice in developing
and delivering online education programmes for family carers looking
after a loved one with dementia. The new project is called Dementia
Education Exchange Project Ireland Kenya (DEEPIK).

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Organisation Kenya (ADOK) has received
funding from the Atlantic Institute to work together with The
Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) on a short three-month project to
design online carer education to be delivered in Kenya.

The project will adapt and translate The ASI’s successful online
family carer course ‘Home Based Care-Home Based Education’ to make it
relevant for the needs of people in Kenya.

Through working together, DEEPIK will allow The ASI to gain a greater
understanding of the needs of cultural minorities in Ireland.

Speaking about the project, which launched on Tuesday, 1st September
2020, The ASI’s External Learning and Development Manager, Fergus
Timmons said: “We are absolutely delighted to be in a position to work
with our colleagues at ADOK, to use our course materials as a starting
point for developing a high quality online learning experience for
Kenyan family carers of people with dementia. DEEPIK will allow us to
gain a greater understanding of the requirements of family carers from
culturally diverse backgrounds. We are proud to start working together
with a progressive Dementia organisation in Kenya, and are hopeful
that this will be the start of a mutually positive partnership for
ADOK and ourselves.”

Wambui Karanja, who worked for a year at Trinity College as an
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health
Institute (GBHI) and has been a volunteer worker at ADOK welcomed the
project funding, said: “The support from the Atlantic Institute and
the experience of Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland designing and
delivering online education for caregivers gives us a head start to
create quality training for family caregivers in Kenya. I am grateful
for the opportunities that being an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in
Brain Health at GBHI has provided me with, especially the chance to
partner with Alzheimer Society of Ireland on this project.”

CEO and Founder of ADOK Elizabeth Mutunga said: “Alzheimer’s and
Dementia Organisation of Kenya is an organisation that supports
caregivers who have loved ones affected by dementia.  We are looking
forward to the partnership with Alzheimer Society of Ireland while
working on DEEPIK.  The online carer programme will be beneficial to
the caregivers as they continually learn on how best to care for their
loved ones.  This is an exciting collaboration and looking forward to
learning and supporting our caregivers.”

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