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Participatory data analysis

Self-help group meeting

Mental health in Uganda

With a population of 35 million, the country has only 30 psychiatrists, that’s less than one per million. Currently lack of access to treatment, poverty, stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses are major constraints to the rehabilitation of people with mental disorders. Studies conducted on the mental health system in Uganda suggest that a key challenge is that health workers do not want to specialise in psychiatry due to the stigma associated with mental illness.

Our work

We began operating in Uganda in 2004 and since then over 130,000 people with mental illness or epilepsy, their carers and family members have been through our programme.

Our holistic mental health and development services are delivered through:

BasicNeeds Foundation Uganda

Today an autonomous NGO, BasicNeeds Foundation Uganda over the last 10 years has been working to improve the quality of life of people living with mental illnesses. They do this by supporting them to access quality community mental health services and to get back to productive work. BasicNeeds Foundation Uganda’s work targets two types of vulnerable groups. The first are people who suffer from a mental disorder (schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, clinical depression, anxiety disorders etc) and the second, people who are likely to suffer from mental disorders as a result of the context they are living in (high risk categories include poor households, people directly affected by protracted conflict, included orphaned youth and former child soldiers, women and girls living in poverty, people with disabilities living in poverty). Significant effort has also gone into post-conflict programmes addressing psychosocial trauma and related deprivation and poverty in Northern Uganda.

Our impact to date

As of December 2015, 130,548 people including those affected by mental illnesses, their carers and family members have been supported through our programme in Uganda.

Contact information

BasicNeeds Foundation Uganda
Plot 22-24
Semawata Road

Tel no.:  +256 31 2202401

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