Our goal to treat, rehabilitate and support 3150 People with psychosocial challenges and their families from within and/or near their villages in our catchment area by 2020 through offering inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services. Our service is therefore, provides mainly community mental health services whereby at the hospital it is integrated in the general medical services with only 5 beds in the hospital with a total of 1052 patients being followed up.
The hospital based services are mainly comprised of outpatients, in-patients services and psychosocial support for patients, attendants and other members of the community and the service has seen some very sick and manacled patients (83.3%), like the one shown in the photo on the left, leading good life in their communities.
The community based arm of our mental health service has 3 major components which have led to the further improvement of the lives of some of our clients and their families as indicated below.
Home visits are conducted once a week and we are currently following up 32 clients in one of the 13 Parishes in our catchment area and they are doing well on treatment. We are only limited by means of transport so that we are able to reach out to the other 12 parishes.
Support group formation is an activity that we have found very helpful in rehabilitating our clients. The groups have made our psycho education and peer counseling activities very easy and the groups so far formed are; Parents with Cerebral Palsy Children and Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) groups.
Thirteen (13) Parents with children having cerebral palsy have been given some skills of looking after their children and meet once in a month to provide peer support to each other. We are planning to engage them in income generating activities to help them look after their children. The photo next was taken at the inception of the group.
AA group formation is another activity that the mental health team is actively involved in with 5 groups formed so far in sub counties of our catchment area that include; Kayonza(1), Butogota Town Council(2), Mpungu(1) and Kanyantorogo(1) with a total of 70 active members.
Work therapy activities have also been introduced in the program more especially with in members of the AA groups so that they are able to spend the time, energy and other resources in productive activities as part of rehabilitation. There 3 programs that are so far set up; a pig, chicken and goat projects.
Our service is a very young service that started in 2009 and being offered with very limited resources with a lot of sacrifice from team members. Any contribution to this work will help those mostly need it.
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