Depression is the number one cause of disability in the world. Most people don’t know that. Friendship Bench trains rural grandmothers in Zimbabwe as “barefoot psychotherapists.” They deliver evidence-backed talk therapy that provides lasting remission of the crippling symptoms of depression.
Dixon is a medical doctor trained in public health, neurology, and psychiatry. He is one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe, a country of more than 16 million. He has dedicated the last 10 years to developing evidence-based treatment for people who suffer from mental, neurological and substance use disorders.