Entries by Jenny Smith

Community Outreach

The value of mental health outreach into the communities of rural Uganda was demonstrated again this week as the team from Kagando Hospital, led by PCO Joseph Wakabo, held an outreach clinic at Kinyamaseke, supported by Jamie’s Fund. Kinyamaseke is 12km from Kagando Hospital which can take up to an hour, travelling by car on […]

Concert raises over a thousand pounds

The Castle Singers, a Heswall choir, gave a concert in support of Jamie’s Fund in Heswall URC Church at the end of April. It was an enjoyable evening with a light and varied programme including the old Flanders and Swan song “The Gas Man Cometh” and a spirited modern rendition of “To God be the […]

Home Visiting

In the UK we occasionally ask the doctor to visit us at home, if we are particularly ill. In Uganda a home visit from the doctor would be very unusual, certainly outside a city. In rural areas your options are limited. There may be a local traditional healer but if you want to use “so-called” […]

Living with Poverty

A recent UN report from the Human Rights Council (2017) focused on mental health provision around the world, and stated that public policies continue to neglect the importance of the conditions that lead to poor mental health. These include violence, disempowerment, social exclusion and isolation, breakdown of communities, and poverty. Health care in general can […]

Ruth’s Story

  To mark International Women’s Day here is Ruth’s story. She is one of many committed nurses working in rural areas in Uganda, with limited resources and doing the best they can. Ruth Nanteza is an enrolled nurse at Rushere Community Hospital. The hospital is in rural south west Uganda and is an hour’s drive […]

Visit to Kumi Hospital, one of our new partners November 2018

Kumi Hospital lies several km from the main road north from Mbale to South Sudan, in eastern Uganda. On a dirt road with a very few scattered houses, we found the hospital compound. It’s spacious, pleasant and peaceful. The few patients we saw strolled among the trees, wards and hospital departments. At the main offices […]

Growing connections

Over the past few months Jamie’s Fund has been deepening the connection with one of the main groups of faith-based hospitals in Uganda. The Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) coordinates over 200 health facilities across the country from the tiny Health Centre 1, to Health Centre IV and on right up to hospitals, like Kisiizi, […]

Another person released

Samuel (not his real name) was first brought by his mother to one of our monthly village meeting points some distance from Bwindi hospital. He was shackled on both hands and legs. His mother reported that he had been sick for 4 years presenting with aggression and violence, talking to himself and adopting unusual positions. […]