Entries by Jenny Smith

Health Care Challenges

As much of the world has been engaged in coping with the Covid 19 pandemic, we have been keeping in touch with our partner hospitals in Uganda. We were keen to understand the challenges they have been facing, and how they have been responding. Towards the end of May, we contacted all our active partners, […]

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS PROGRAMME AT KISIIZI

An Important aspect of mental health work in Uganda, is to offer the local community an alternative understanding of mental ill health. Traditional beliefs about epilepsy and mental ill health can be unhelpful, and delay or prevent the person accessing healthcare. After all, if you believe that your child’s fits are because he or she […]

Tough times

The Ugandan hospitals are facing hard times at the moment, as are many of the local people. The initial lockdown because of Covid was eased slightly on the 5th of May but there is still no public or private transport allowed without specific authorisation. This makes it hard for people to get to hospitals when […]

Covid 19 “Lockdown” affects many aspects of life.

“Esther”, one of the three women we are sponsoring to train as a psychiatric clinical officer sent a message telling us how things aren’t working for her in Uganda. They were sent home from the training school in Kampala when all institutions were closed by the Government. They were told that when they came back […]

A life changing story of an 8-year-old is worth sharing.

Our friend and colleague Lamet is a clinical officer in the Church of Uganda Hospital in Mukono, a township a few miles outside Kampala. He thought this story worth sharing: we think he’s right! Here is his account. Suleiman, just 8 years old, lived with a disabling illness for 6 years until Mukono Church of […]

Covid 19 Training for Ugandan colleagues

On Good Friday, Dr Nick Bass and Edmund Koboah, from the East London NHS Trust, facilitated an online presentation and Q&A session around Covid 19, for staff from some of the health facilities we work with in Uganda.     We had invited seven of the hospitals we know to participate, but some had difficulties […]

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 […]