A Nurse and Public Health Specialist with 8 years experience in Global Health, Training, and Health Systems Strengthening. Diverse working experiences, including refugees. Winner of two National Literary Awards and named among the Top 40 Under 40 Change Makers by The Uganda New Vision, 2014. A TEDx speaker and contributor to the Adolescent Health policy for Uganda. She is a Global Health Corps Alumna, Yali Alumna, Vital Voices Women Leadership Alumna, and Johnson & Johnson OYW Scholar 2019.
Vice-Chancellor and Senior Lecturer at Clarke International University. She also holds a Senior Faculty position teaching Health Policy and Planning and Advanced Strategic Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science-Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing, and Ph.D. in Nursing. She is interested in research that explores issues related to Health Systems Strengthening (low-to-middle income countries), Management of Chronic Illnesses. She loves people, good food, and enabling others.
A Nurse, writer, and Public Health Advocate. Her primary passion is changing the narrative of the Nursing sector through writing. She believes that we can achieve this if we can write and write to be heard.
Maria has over seven years of experience in Nursing and has contributed to health and lifestyle columns in various magazines.
She is currently working with Rakai District Hospital and, at the same time, a columnist for the BO magazine.
Muteebwa Laban is a Registered Nurse, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He is a member of the Association of Graduate Nurses and Midwives of Uganda (AGNMU) and the Uganda Society for Health Scientist (USHS).
Laban is passionate about clinical Research and Creative writing.
Whereas Literary works may be a taskmaster, this is a mission and hobby that offers an aisle of release for Elisha. A career editor, firstly for a university weekly newsletter and later a peer-reviewed journal, has had rich opportunities for expression of self and the works of others.
Additionally; over a twelve-year career, Elisha has gained experience in neurosurgical nursing, critical care, leadership and management, emergency
and resuscitation training and quality improvement.
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Hundreds of women with mental health problems do not receive the support they desperately need and face terrible prejudice and discrimination throughout the country.
To change this unacceptable situation, we believe female health workers must become increasingly empowered to provide high-quality support and shape services. Hence, they meet women’s needs and break down stigma.
This is why a key focus of our work is training female health workers to improve their mental health skills and knowledge and doing all we can to elevate their status in their communities.
Millions of women and colleagues in healthcare are desperately struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression but are not receiving the specialist support they need. For many, their situation becomes so intolerable that they end up taking their own lives, particularly a high suicide rate among young women.
Another common issue is that their families often abandon women because they have mental health problems. This is mainly due to social stigma and husbands and other relatives viewing them as a burden because they are no longer seen as any use to their household.
Sadly, if a woman with mental illness is actually prescribed professional help, they are often under or over-treated. For example, many women are held for longer than is necessary for unsanitary institutions where neglect and abuse have been documented.
Women are more likely to be affected by mental health problems than men. This is due to many risk factors, including gender discrimination and associated factors such as poverty, hunger, overwork, domestic violence and sexual abuse, the pressure of their multiple roles, and postnatal depression.
Despite this situation, mental illness in women frequently goes undiagnosed, even when they can see a health professional. This is because women often struggle to speak about how they feel due to stigma and health professionals being extremely authoritarian.
In addition to this, the healthcare professionals best placed to improve mental health for women rarely get the opportunity to shape services. This is because female nurses, psychologists, social workers and community health volunteers sit at the bottom of a rigid, male-dominated hierarchy of decision-making power.
Every woman who recovers from mental health illnesses, depression, anxiety, stress; hugely benefits their household. They can earn more, send their children to school more often and feed their family regular meals.
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