Chris is a global expert in the delivery of health and rehabilitation systems to very poor people. A serial social entrepreneur he has worked on a holistic model for mentally ill people and people with epilepsy in the poorest communities of the world. The BasicNeeds Model is a significant innovation in community mental health care delivery combining medical, social, economic and personal aspects into one successful programme.
Chris announced the advent of mhNOW a multi-stakeholder initiative at the GCC / NIMH conference in April 2016, designed to bring all parties to the table to work on the extension of treatment for mentally ill people. The treatment gap in many sub-Saharan countries is as wide as 86% and there is now an urgent need to narrow this through a collective action.
Chris is a Senior Fellow of the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and BasicNeeds has recently become an invited member of the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2000 Chris was made an MBE by the Queen for his services to disability and development.