About the SHM Foundation

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.

The Foundation believes in the importance of working in partnership. It uses its resources and financing to forge new alliances which, in turn, attract the resources and financing of other organisations. The Foundation uses these partnerships to empower groups of people to bring about economic and social transformation.

The SHM Foundation actively seeks partnership with those who share its aims.

The Foundation was set up in November 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

Learning and Citizenship

We believe that the best way of responding to social and political challenges is to get people to take a lead.

We aim to equip people to understand and tackle the issues they care about.

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We believe that people who are affected by health conditions should have the right and the means to take part in the development of solutions.

We pioneer approaches that change the balance of power between citizens and healthcare systems.

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We believe that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn.

We look for new ways of ensuring everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.

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Our most recent projects

Project Insaka is a collaborative initiative of the SHM Foundation and Zambart, aimed at addressing the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive pregnant and feeding mothers in Lusaka, Zambia.Read more...

Project Khuluma: A mobile phone support group initiative to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Read more...

We are working with Corazon Taqueria on a literacy project called ‘Me Late Leer ‘in two primary schools in Mexico City. This project involves over 200 students between the ages of 6 and 10 years old.Read more...

Zumbido Health targets three key populations at risk of mental ill health. Read more...

The Marakwet Education project aims to improve the transition from primary to secondary and secondary to higher education with the ultimate aim of enhancing citizenship and improving livelihoods. Read more...

Meet the team

Professor Maurice Biriotti

Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and CEO of SHM Productions. Until 1996, Professor Biriotti was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. Find out more.

Professor Henrietta Moore

Professor Henrietta Moore is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation. Professor Moore is Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She is a distinguished anthropologist. Find out more.

Anna Kydd

Anna Kydd is Director of The SHM Foundation and oversees all of the Foundation’s work. She has considerable experience working in the area of mobile health in Latin America and Africa... Find out more.

Zuzana Figerova

Zuzana Figerova is Head of Development at The SHM Foundation. She has considerable experience managing complex projects both in the non-for-profit sector and in... Find out more.

Victoria Marks

Vicki started working with the SHM Foundation in 2014 to provide creative and event management support for Snapshot Songs that was an ambitious new performance celebrating London's zeitgeist.
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Nikita Simpson

Nikita began working with the SHM Foundation in 2015. She is involved in the scale up of Project Khuluma – a mobile health platform that facilitates support groups for HIV positive adolescents... Find out more.

Jennifer Koen

Jennifer Koen is the Project Manager for the SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma. Jennifer is a qualified Research Psychologist, with extensive experience in HIV/AIDS prevention... Find out more.

Tebogo Konkobe

Tebogo Konkobe is a Project Coordinator for Project Khuluma that is looking to improve the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Find out more.

Malebo Ngobeni

Malebo is a Project Coordinator working on Project Khuluma that provides mobile phone support groups for HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Find out more.

Get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with the SHM Foundation’s activities


If you would like to make a donation to one of our projects, please click here.


Every year we have a number of voluntary placements and internships, if you are interested to find out more please e-mail us on info@shmfoundation.org.


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Latest News

Khuluma: The Film


The SHM Foundation and Filmpark have collaborated to make a 6-minute documentary, showing how difficult it is for a young adult to discover that they are HIV positive, how they cope with stigma and what their aspirations are for the future. The film is directed by Marek Mackovic, and was a bold, brave, and empowering experience for both the adolescents and the film crew. The film will be screened at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, in the Youth Village on July 22nd. Join the discussion of the film by tweeting @SHMFoundation or using the hashtag #KhulumaFilm. 

Comedy for World Mental Health Day, 10th Oct 2016.


To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2016, the Country Mile Comedy Club, fundraising for the SHM Foundation, presents a new night of comedy from some of the brightest and best stand-up and sketch comedians around.

The Troubadour hosts a stellar comedy line up, headlined by stand-up Phil Wang (‘Daphne Sounds Expensive’, ‘Have I Got News For You’), who is joined on the bill by sketch duo The Pin, preparing material for the third series of their BBC Radio 4 show, stand-ups Catherine Bohart (BBC New Comedy Award 2016 Finalist and Funny Women 2016 Awards Grand Finalist), and Sarah Keyworth (Funny Women Awards 2015 First Runner Up), and sketch triangle Two Plus Ones, fresh from their Edinburgh Fringe debut ‘Mothers’.

The Country Mile Comedy Club is fundraising for the SHM Foundation. All proceeds will go to Project Khuluma, and there will be a bucket at the end of the show for donations as well.

Praise for the line-up:

The Pin – “’A very classy, very funny show indeed”, The Telegraph; “The Pin prove it’s still possible to play with the conventions of the medium of sketch comedy”, The Guardian

Catherine Bohart – “Already seems like a comic with both a distinctive voice and a story you’d like to hear”; Chortle, “Clearly on the cusp of great things”, Funny

Sarah Keyworth – “Excellently deadpan” – Huffington Post; “Pulling in the biggest laughs”, Three Weeks

Two Plus Ones – “Original and clever… the jokes come thick and fast”, Broadway Baby; “Not to be missed, at any cost”, Varsity

Details: Monday 10 October, 8pm (approx. 1hr 10). Tickets: £3.50 online / £5 on the door.

Buy tickets here!

Twitter: @countrymileprod

The SHM Foundation celebrates International Youth Day 2016

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On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August as International Youth Day.


The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.


The SHM Foundation team presented the findings from Project Khuluma at the AIDS 2016 Conference in Durban last month. Together with Body & Soul, they hosted a session in the Global Village on #MentalHealthMatters for Young People Living with HIV. Read their reflections on the Mental Health Innovation Network Blog.


To celebrate International Youth Day, we present a poem written by one of our Khuluma participants on the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

Being a teenager isn’t easy


When we were young we were so excited to grow up nd become sisters and brothers
yet we didn’t know what it means,
as teenagers we face many challenges that we can’t deal with,
sometimes its called growing up


Being a teenager is not easy expecially when u are a girl nd have to raised by a father ,
as a girl there are problems we come across that need a mother
but unfortunately she’s not there for u


As teenagers the challenges we come across ,
some of them come unexpected ,
some leave us heart broken ,
some kill us emotionally,
mentally, nd physically,
now we are teenagers we wish to become young again
only to find out its impossible
The more we grow up the more tougher life become,
but what we know is that life is all about changes nd choices ,
but they say what kills u makes u stronger

Khuluma @AIDS 2016

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The SHM Foundation team will present findings from Project Khuluma at the International HIV/AIDS Conference in Durban, July 18th-22nd. Project Khuluma is currently live with 100 adolescents in South Africa, and uses SMS text messaging as a tool for increasing their access to mental health support. Follow us on Twitter during the conference and beyond, @SHMFoundation, to keep up to date with our findings and insights. You can learn more by reading our case study on the Mental Health Innovation Network, or join our live debates on Adherence, Social Stigma and Evaluation on MHIN Africa and MESH

About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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