Mental Health for Children Essential During the COVID-19 Lockdown

By Dan Ayebare. Published in the Nile Post. My five year old niece last week with sadness in her voice innocently inquired from me about when, “Coronavirus will go away” and she returns to school. It clearly demonstrated that remaining home for so long has taken a toll on her mind since she is used …

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The Rise of Domestic Violence Amidst a Pandemic: Poor Structures & Failed Leadership

By Edna Ninsiima. Published on andariya.com It is the afternoon of Good Friday in Kampala. The mood is something of a sombre one. Except today it’s more than about the crucifixion of Jesus. The would-be heaped streets have cleared to reveal a gory calmness. The air is devoid of pollution from car emissions and dust …

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COVID-19: Coping with mental health challenges

Taken from The Daily Monitor, Tuesday July 7th 2020. Edith* was recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. In her case, it is triggered by excessive worry about death. She says since February, her mind has been dwelling on thoughts coming from Covid-19, to a point where it frightens her. “I was really scared. I felt …

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Loss

Last week my friend lost her sister. “Be strong. Guma! Don’t cry”, people said to one another with a hug or a pat on the back. These are words you’ll hear deep in the village or at a lumbe (vigil) in Kampala. These words cut across tribe, gender and age. Our response to grief and …

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