The Tumaini Foundation is a non-profit movement that aims at addressing mental health and addiction care issues in Uganda and the continent as a whole. Tumaini aims to improve access to health care services for people suffering from mental disorders and addiction while also raising awareness around these issues to reduce and eventually eliminate stigma around mental health.
Tumaini also hopes to work closely with the government to improve legislation and policy around mental health care and addiction in Uganda. The current mental health act in Uganda came into law in 1964 and has not been amended since! The act is demeaning and does not offer support to patients suffering from mental health issues. The act also does not cater for people suffering from addiction issues and does not recognize them as patients or offer treatment as an option for addicts.
According to research, mental health care is not a priority for the government because it is not an infectious disease. This means that at the moment, only 1% of the National Health Care budget is allocated to management of mental health in the country. Due to this, we have only one national psychiatric hospital in the country and only a handful of treatment centres that are a little too expensive for the ordinary citizen to afford.
Support people likely to develop or with already existing mental health problems, to stay well.
Empower people who experience mental health problems and addiction issues to make informed choices about recovery and their lives going forward post recovery.
Ensure people get the right services and support at the right time to help their recovery and enable them to live full and productive lives with their mental health problem.
Open the doors to people with experience of mental health problems participating fully in society.
Gain equality of treatment for people who experience both mental health and other forms of discrimination
“HAVING HAD A SPIRITUAL AWAKENING, WE CARRIED THE MESSAGE TO OTHERS STILL SUFFERING AND TO PRACTISE THESE PRINCIPLES IN ALL OUR AFFAIRS.” – STEP 12
The Tumaini Foundation is dedicated to improving the mental health of Ugandans and African across the continent. We campaign to improve medical services, create awareness and understanding and eliminate stigma.
To create a stigma free generation. Encouraging people with mental illness and addiction-related illnesses to, first of all, acknowledge their problem and seek necessary treatment. We will not stop until everyone with a mental health problem receives the necessary support and respect .