Introducing Elias and our next phase of work in Uganda

The task of setting up and sustaining Luna’s training activity in Uganda has recently been given a big boost due to the efforts of Elias Byaruhanga, one of our experienced CATT practitioners and trainers, who took up the role of Uganda Operations Manager for Luna in April.   Here he is receiving his original Level 2 certificate from Dr Godfrey Rukundo and James Nsereko in 2013.

With Elias’ support, we are now in the midst of final preparations for our next training trip to Uganda in August. Trustee Brenda Graham will be travelling from the UK to support two training events, beginning in Kampala with a two-day update for our 9 Ugandan CATT trainers. This will take place at the PCO School at Butabika Hospital, which has been the location for many of our courses since 2012. Brenda will also have the opportunity to visit our many friends and colleagues at the hospital, and to visit the children on the ward on behalf of the ‘Friends’. After that, she and fellow-trainers will travel to Mbarara where Elias and his colleague Syson Katushabe will deliver a week-long CATT Level 2 course for 25 participants coming from Mbarara and the west of Uganda. The course is supported by the Mbarara Mental Health Team led by Dr Godfrey Rukundo. In particular, they are looking forward to meeting 10 child care workers put forward for training by community-based organisation Reach the Poor, which works in the Kasese district. This will enable first-line trauma treatment to be given to children and young people living in one of the poorest and still troubled parts of Uganda.

We wish everyone a good trip and successful trainings!