Rahab was confined and chained for more than 10 years in rural Uganda. With treatment provided by trained psychiatric staff supported by Jamie’s Fund, she is returning to a normal life. There are many more like Rahab.
Jamie’s Fund was established in 2013 in memory of Jamie Devaney who died aged four. To read Jamie’s story click here.
Our involvement in Uganda began with Kisiizi hospital in south west Uganda. Since then we have expanded significantly developing relationships with more hospitals and health centres. We have been working with Bwindi Community Hospital since 2013 and Kagando Hospital since 2016.
Uganda has relatively few psychiatric staff, and the majority work in the cities. The support we give to psychiatric staff working in the rural communities is particularly important.
In August 2018 we sponsored a successful mhGAP* training with the government psychiatric hospital in Kampala. The purpose of this training was to train psychiatric staff to teach other clinical staff about the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Following this course, we have been delighted that a number of courses for clinical staff from different departments in a number of hospitals and health centres have now received this training. As a result, more people with mental illness are being appropriately diagnosed and treated, and an awareness of psychiatric disorders is spreading.
In November 2018 we visited a further eight hospitals. At each hospital we met enthusiastic staff, many of whom had been on the Kampala course. They are committed to caring for people with mental illness and keen to reach out into their communities. We are currently developing plans to support these twelve hospitals in the delivery of training and mental health services in their communities.
We are actively working to develop links with other non-government hospitals.
Do you want to make a difference! If you are a private organisation, business or individual and would consider funding one or more small mental health projects in Uganda then we want to hear from you. Please contact us
(* 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.)