Many people in rural Uganda are unable to access mental health care. They may be shackled or locked up as relatives don’t know what else to do. Jamie’s Fund enables hospitals to provide mental health care in the community by funding training and staff development.
Jamie’s Fund was established by Jim and Avril Devaney 2013 in memory of their four-year old son Jamie who died during a visit to Uganda in 2011. You can read Jamie’s story here.
We work with hospitals throughout Uganda, training nurses and psychiatric clinical officers (a sub-doctor grade) to deliver mental healthcare and we support them as they take services out into rural communities.
Our work has expanded from an initial base of three hospitals in the rural south west of Uganda, to 27 hospitals across the whole country. As a result, the lives of patients and their families are being transformed. Many patients are now treated in their own community, without the need for repeated lengthy and costly journeys to hospital out-patient clinics.
But we have so much more to do – and we need your help. It’s estimated that almost 90% of those with a mental illness in Uganda struggle to get effective treatment. And untold numbers of mentally ill people remain shackled or locked up at home, simply because specialist care and treatment are hard to find.
With your support we can change this. Could you make a regular donation, or a bequest in your will, to transform the despair of someone living with mental illness? Could your business or organisation help to sponsor a part of our life-changing work? Even a small amount can have a significant impact. Click here to donate to Jamie’s Fund.