Entries by Jenny Smith

SECOND mhGAP TRAIN THE TRAINERS COURSE A GREAT SUCCESS!

  Jamie’s Fund has been pleased to be able to sponsor a second mhGAP ToT course at Butabika in Uganda. This was in response to the desire of the many hospitals and health centres visited in September to grow their ability to deliver mental health care. The course was held over 5 days, 17 th […]

A very psychologically minded hospital

We first visited St Paul’s in Kasese in November 2018. St Paul’s is a Health Centre IV, essentially a small hospital, on the edge of town. A former chapel building has been creatively divided up to form wards. It is surrounded by other buildings housing a range of facilities, and trees provide welcome shade. When she arrived at St Paul’s in June […]

Kisiizi Develops!

The excellent patient care provided by the Ahumuza Centre at Kisiizi Hospital has been further enhanced by the addition of two new facilities, paid for by Jamie’s Fund. Just before Christmas the new kitchen for the use of families was opened behind the women and children’s ward and a new shelter was built in front […]

CASUAL ENCOUNTERS OF THE USEFUL KIND

Travelling often brings us into close contact with strangers for a time; sometimes with unexpected connections made, and opportunities to tell the story of the reason for our journey. Last November, flying to Uganda, I sat beside Liz Boonabanna, who talked about her work for the Belgian aid agency, Enabel. This was to build HR […]

A sad 16-year old

Enock was just one year old when he had his first epileptic fit. Now 16, his whole life has been affected by the fits and the responses of local people to both him and his family. In most of Africa the traditional understanding of epilepsy is the same as for mental illness. There is a […]

A LEGEND RETIRES!

Psychiatric Clinical Officer Nancy Mwebesa was given a memorable send-off by her friends and colleagues at Kisiizi Hospital at the end of June. After a lifetime working in Ugandan healthcare, Nancy is taking a well-deserved retirement. She won’t be going too far away, however, as we hear that she is going to make her home […]

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 […]