Letter to a Mental Health Advocate

Photo credit: Real Health Blog 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… Continue reading Letter to a Mental Health Advocate

Mentally Ill and Poor in Uganda

Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, "Mental Rehab from Hell", has inspired us to publish Ms. Norah Owaraga's encounter with one mentally ill and poor in Uganda. Ms. Owaraga first shared her encounter on her Facebook wall in October of 2016. We are convinced, sadly, that the status quo remains the same and needing to be… Continue reading Mentally Ill and Poor in Uganda

Mental Health Rehab from Hell – ePDF

This is the testimony of Desire Lavigne Karakire, which, in her own words, she shared because: “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… Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – ePDF

Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V

Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 After my Counsellor Martin Githaiga sexually violated me, physically assaulted me, and intimidated me to not pursue the charges described in the previous parts of my testimony by ransoming my journalistic notes, he was neither fired nor suspended. Between the time… Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part V

Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV

Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We remained locked up for extended periods against our will, up to five or six months for some patients. If one acted out or became too vocal about their rights and the rights of others, they were threatened with extended stays… Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part IV

Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III

Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 A part-time Psychiatrist visited African Retreat Centre (ARC) once a week on Wednesdays from Butabika Hospital, stayed for two hours from three o'clock to five o'clock, spending only about ten minutes on each patient, leaving many unseen for several weeks. She… Continue reading Mental Health Rehab From Hell – PART III

Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II

Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her Facebook wall on 11th July 2020 I wasn't given medical attention then (while incarcerated at the Africa Retreat Center (ARC), I attempted suicide and swallowed glass), and three weeks later when I began to bleed from the rectum with every bowel movement, I wasn't allowed to see… Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part II

Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part I

Ms. Desire Lavigne Karakire's testimony, shared on her facebook wall on 11th July 2020 We pulled up into the gate and my sister's kids came running behind the car to meet us. I pushed open the passenger door. The little one jumped into my lap. I held her head into my chest affectionately, unable to… Continue reading Mental Health Rehab from Hell – Part I

Strategic Policy Advocacy Programme 2016-2020

Under our empirical evidence based Policy Advocacy Programme, CPAR Uganda Ltd will function as a consulting organisation. The thrust of the theory of change that informs the premise on which our policy advocacy programme is based, is the assumption that empirical data can be collected, analysed and used as the basis for more effective advocacy.… Continue reading Strategic Policy Advocacy Programme 2016-2020