Establishment of the Community Mental Health Centres in Uganda Communities: Challenges and Prospects

  • Nnaemeka Chukwudum Abamara, PhD Kampala International University
  • Onyekachi Osmond Okonkwo Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  • Cynthia Nwanneka Udeze Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Keywords: Establishment, Community Mental Health Centres, Uganda, Challenges, Prospects
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The establishment of Community Mental Health Centres has been a vital prospect in the area of mental health care. Community mental health centres attempt to shift emphasis away from hospitalization and introduce new remedies to mental health problems. The flow chart method was used in this opinion paper for clarity. Usually, community mental health centres provide short-term treatments, outpatient care, and special crisis intervention or emergency services. There are challenges and prospects the Ministry of Health and other health care providers need to address to find a lasting solution for the establishment and continued existence of these centres in Uganda. The employment of healthcare professionals that will guarantee quality assurance and effective healthcare delivery in these centres is very necessary. The challenges of professional discrimination also need to be effectively addressed in order to have an enduring therapeutic milieu for mentally challenged patients. Recommendations were made that the Ugandan government through her Ministry of Health should establish and provide community health centres and halfway homes for the emergency and effective treatments of mentally challenged individuals.


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15 March, 2023
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Abamara, N., Okonkwo, O., & Udeze, C. (2023). Establishment of the Community Mental Health Centres in Uganda Communities: Challenges and Prospects. East African Journal of Health and Science, 6(1), 85-91.