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Great Strides for Self-Advocacy in Africa

29-01-2014
Woman is shaking a man's hand at award ceremony
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Robinah Alambuyah being awared “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mental Health Care” Award from The Swiss Foundation for World Health.

Robinah Alambuyah, Chairperson for the Pan-African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANUSP) received the award for outstanding achievement in the field of mental health care by the Swiss Foundation for World Health. PANUSP's work has been instrumental in giving a voice to persons with psychosocial disabilities in Africa and supporting local organisations of persons with psychosocial disabilities.

CBM congratulates Robinah Alambuyah from Uganda, Chairperson of the Pan-African Network of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities (PANUSP) on her receipt of the “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Mental Health Care” Award from The Swiss Foundation for World Health.
 
We are proud to work with the community of persons affected by mental illness in Africa as they join together to improve the way that they are treated and fight for their rights to be respected. Strengthening self-help groups, building alliances and ensuring that persons with psychosocial disabilities participate in processes that affect them is a core part of our work.

PANUSP was founded in 2005 and in recent years has grown to be a strong voice on the international stage in Africa and beyond, supporting national organisations of persons with psychosocial disabilities to grow and have an impact. Specific activities they have participated in include: consultations for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the launch of their Declaration at the Movement for Global Mental Health Summit in Cape Town, the launch of the Quality Rights Toolkit in New York and most recently the mhGAP Forum in Geneva, where she received her award.

For more information about PANUSP, visit www.panusp.org, now listed as among the 14 most essential global mental health sites on the web.

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