The treatment gap for serious mental illness in most low income countries remains a major public health challenge. On average, patients who have a first episode of psychosis are likely to remain untreated for more than 2 years.
Jamies Fund was established in 2013 in memory of Jamie Devaney who died aged four. To read Jamie’s story click here.
We started working with Kisiizi Hospital in south west Uganda as that was where Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust were already working. To read about what we have done with Kisiizi click here.
Having completed the building of the new mental health centre, we are working with a number of partner hospitals to develop services in the community. In November 2018 we visited and began to build relationships with a further eight hospitals. Many of the staff we met had attended the very successful training in mhGAP* we sponsored in August 2018.
We are also actively working to develop links with a wide range of “private, not-for-profit” hospitals and are also seeking partners outside Uganda who may be willing to fund small mental health projects in Uganda.
(* mhGAP is a WHO course designed for non-specialist clinical staff, raising their level of awareness of mental disorders and developing basic skills in their management.)