Curing ignorance about TB is a challenge

In 2016, CPAR Uganda had the privilege to conduct qualitative research on the tuberculosis (TB) pandemic in Uganda. As we prepared our data collection tools and made determinations of our research maps - population for our study and the sample of study respondents, our attention was drawn to learning that we had prior taken for… Continue reading Curing ignorance about TB is a challenge

Dr. Laury Ocen among Ugandan thinkers who write

"A society that stigmatizes other societies with the view of preserving its own values is not only perpetuating hostilities, but also alienating itself from very useful discoveries about the world beyond their frontiers." Dr. Laury Ocen. How so profound his wisdom, especially in today's Uganda when ethnic divisions are seemingly overtly intensifying. Indeed, the most… Continue reading Dr. Laury Ocen among Ugandan thinkers who write

Ministry of Health we with mental ill-health need Risperidone begs Elwor Adelaide

So, yesterday (25th June 2021) I visited the mental hospital, like I do every two months for review on how far I have got with dealing with bipolar depression. "Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme shifts in mood. Symptoms can include an extremely elevated mood called mania. They can also include episodes… Continue reading Ministry of Health we with mental ill-health need Risperidone begs Elwor Adelaide

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

Government Vehicles taking PLHIV to Collect ARVs is Problematic

Government of Uganda’s provision that during the COVID-19 induced lock-down, districts will make available vehicles at designated points to drive people living with HIV (PLHIV) to health centres to pick their medication is humanitarian and compassionate, but only on the face of it. In real life, for some PLHIV this provision could be a death… Continue reading Government Vehicles taking PLHIV to Collect ARVs is Problematic