Our JourneyFind our more about our journey and where we are going.
- Solution Focused Innovation
- Sustainable Business Models
- Data Driven
- Experts by Experiences
- Leading the way in Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Community Development Approaches
Chanua is an organisation solving some of the biggest challenges in Healthcare, Mental Health and Wellbeing. Derived from the Swahili term meaning to blossom and flourish, Chanua supports and develops initiatives that empower people to improve their health, mental health and wellbeing. We create services and products that foster healthy connections, we do this by creating solutions mixing using human centred approaches, technology, psychology and good design. We believe that good relationships form the basis of healthy people throughout their lives.
We are not limited by traditional views of what wellbeing and healthcare solutions should look like and strive to showcase innovations that demonstrate results in a wide variety of ways. Working both in the UK and Internationally, we have extensive experience of working with a wide range of clients on healthcare and innovation projects.
Having met at University over 15 years ago and uniting over a shared love of barbeques (with vegetarian options) and Liverpool’s Sefton Park, Chanua was founded by Naomi Mwasambili and Megan Charles two psychology graduates who unwittingly began the journey towards health and wellbeing innovation. Our interests led us down different but parallel routes. We both worked in NHS, statutory services, voluntary sector and small and medium enterprises.
Our leadership roles have ensured that we have learnt the best way to nurture the wellbeing of individuals while highlighting, first hand the disparity between what is needed and what is offered. We converged once again having realised that the essence of what we both want to achieve is meaningful wellbeing innovations that inspire and empower individuals to improve their health and wellbeing, and so Chanua was born.
We want to change statistics like, ‘1 in 20 people often or always feel lonely’. We know this feeling can start in childhood and teenagers are now describing feeling more socially isolated and unsupported. These feelings can lead to a range of health problems, including mental ill health. Unresolved childhood issues have a significant negative impact on adulthood, impacting employment, relationships and peoples’ quality of life. On a global scale, Non-Communicable diseases (chronic diseases that last for long periods of time and progress slowly) impact and cause death to 41 million people each year.
With increasing costs to healthcare, there has been intense focus on health and wellbeing and the understanding that preventative and early intervention approaches are paramount to a high quality of life. Chanua exists to prevent these illnesses developing and impacting on peoples’ quality of life. We’re still working on a barbecue wellbeing venture idea!