Undoubtedly, religious leaders in Uganda and elsewhere find themselves having to support vulnerable people including those persecuted on the basis of their religious believes or backgrounds. Not peculiar to Uganda, religious leaders have not shown fatigue in supporting refugees and other vulnerable people who have and continue to grapple with legacies of unaddressed injuries acquired prior to flight, during flight, and upon arrival in supposed to be safe haven. As such religious leaders remain important actors in providing spiritual, moral, medical, psychological, and material support to hundreds if not thousands of asylum seekers and refugees seeking sanctuary in Uganda.
Mental Health & Psychosocial Wellbeing Support as an essential contributor to improving lives of refugees in Uganda
People can become highly traumatized when they have to flee their country due to war or conflict, thereby often witnessing severe atrocities. Adequate Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) is essential to contribute to the full recovery and improvement of the lives of refugees, including that of family members and the community. However, psychosocial support is often delivered in a fragmented way in humanitarian crises and sometimes only provided after 3 months.
Download PDF Copy Dear Reader, In few days, Uganda will celebrate its 56th Independence Day. As a patriotic citizen, I will wear Uganda Cranes’ training sleeveless jersey and join one of the colourful events [don’t ask me why sleeveless]. For school-going children and civil servants, it’s certainly a day to enjoy the public holiday with loved