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Dear Desire,

Your desire is to positively influence the Uganda law on mental health, so that no one goes through a “mental health rehab from hell” as you did. You wrote:

“I want to use my story and my grievances to change the law on mental health, cause the law to change, or to create the law if currently a vacuum is what has allowed for impunity like this to exist and persist.”

Desire Lavigne Karakire

Well, remember how we, at CPAR Uganda Ltd, decided to publish your story? Well, in addition, utilising some of a ‘no-strings-attached’ micro-grant that we got from the GlobalGiving Foundation, we boosted a post on your story on our Facebook page, “Healthy Dignified Lives.” Guess what? As of today, 18th August 2020, over eight thousand people had seen it!

Of them, over one thousand took the time to indicate their positive reaction to you story, and we are sure there will be more, because the boost period is still ongoing.

By the way, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, a celebrated scholar, researcher and who is currently, a strong candidate campaigning to be elected Woman Member of Parliament for Kampala District, is among those who positively reacted to your story.

Ms. Erina Lwamusai

Others, include, Ms. Erina Lwamusai, who, in addition, commented thus:

“I read her story and it stirred feelings of outrage, anger, but on the other hand I want to give a hug. She made it through this ordeal. Maybe one day I will have the privilege of meeting her.”

Erina Lwamusai

We are in good company and every little bit counts. And just to re-confirm the importance of the need to have a law on mental health in place and enforced, here is one of likely thousands of heart wrenching stories of those who find themselves mentally ill and poor in Uganda:

“During the same weekend, this child, a young girl, clearly mentally ill is reported to have wandered away from the only public specialized mental health care facility in Uganda – Butabika National Referral Hospital, ending up in the Bugolobi Market. According to reports, she arrived at the market Friday or Saturday and has been wandering in the market and sleeping rough.

Today, as I rushed from my Alinga Farms shop, going back to my car, I noticed this young girl, half-naked, laying flat on her stomach and on hot dirty tarmac. Since, I was walking fairly quickly, I passed her then I realised that I needed to stop and pay attention to this young person just laying there.

When I approached her I noticed that she kept wreathing periodically. She is probably hungry or in addition to her mental illness, she has contracted other illnesses, such as malaria, I thought. I looked closer and I saw liquid stuff oozing out of ill child’s girl parts. And I wondered.” Click here and continue to read

Ms. Norah Owaraga

Every little bit counts. We hope this little bit more helps not only in your healing process, but equally importantly also that it helps to further your cause to see things change for the better – laws are revised and amended; or a law is enacted; and that the law in place is fully enforced.

Best wishes, on behalf of CPAR Uganda Ltd,

Ms. Norah Owaraga, Managing Director

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