Well Spring Project

Implementation of Problem Management Plus (PM+); Assessing the impact of mental health and cash transfer interventions on intimate partner violence in Nakuru County, Kenya.

Donor: Well Spring Advisors

Amount: $ 1,210,107

Focal Reach: Nakuru County, Ndabibi, and Kiambogo

Beneficiaries: Adults Facing Adversity, Adults Undergoing Intimate Partner Violence

Duration:  2016 – 2019

Partners: Busara Centre, Government of Kenya and Ministry of Health

National Lead Organization: World Vision Kenya



  • Undertake a brief ethnographic study of the Naivasha community (men and women)
  • Train male and female community health volunteers in PM+
  • Constitute an ethical review committee for serious adverse events during the delivery of PM+ to clients
  • Undertake competency assessments of the community health volunteers and, following practice cases and a brief process evaluation to make any recommended changes to the final manual before implementing PM+ in the definitive RCT
  • Hold community meetings with key community stakeholders (e.g., chiefs, local health centers, community forums) to brief them about the research and activities to be undertaken
  • Where required, sign and document Memorandum’s of Understanding with County Ministries of Health (MoH)
  • Develop (Information, Education, Communications (IEC)) materials to promote help-seeking behaviors and normalize common mental health problems


  • Testing  the effectiveness of an adapted version that accounts for local context, and conditions related to violence against women, in Naivasha sub-county
  • Consulting  community stakeholders and sensitizing them to the research initiatives about common mental health problems
  • Men and women in Naivasha receiving treatment for common mental health problems, and incidences of violence against women are reduced using the RCT framework
  • PM+ is provided to men and women in Naivasha and contributes to learnings about the impact of addressing common mental health problems and links to prevention and reduction of violence against women