BasicNeeds UK in Uganda

BasicNeeds UK in Uganda

BasicNeeds UK in Uganda (BNUU) is a national Not for Profit Organization committed to supporting access to quality Mental Health Services in Uganda through in-service training of health workers, research, advocacy and raising awareness about mental health conditions in communities in Uganda.

Mission statement

Our mission is to enable people with mental health conditions or epilepsy and their families to live and work successfully in their communities by combining health, socio-economic and community orientated solutions with changes in policy, practice and resource allocation.

It is part of the BasicNeeds Network

Summary of relevant work

BNUU core intervention areas

Community mental health

We provide mental health services to persons with mental health conditions and epilepsy which include the provision of medical treatment, counselling, home visits, and mental health education for service users and establishing sustainable supply of mental health medicines by initiating community drug bank

Capacity building

We sensitize and train mental health stakeholders which includes both health workers and none health workers (police, community development officers, local leaders, religious leaders, traditional healers and other relevant government employees). We sensitize and train these stakeholders using the WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme intervention guide (mhGAP-IG) for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialists health settings.

Sustainable livelihoods

We promote sustainable livelihoods by supporting stabilized persons with mental health conditions and epilepsy and their caregivers to resume their original work and/or identify suitable business opportunities in their local community that will enable them enter the local market. BNUU support them to match individual skills and capabilities to available business opportunities and provide them with start-up funds.

Research, advocacy and collaboration 

We conduct research, record change stories and empower service users to advocate for better mental health services and influence policy.


Key partners: 

Network for Africa

Fondation d’Harcourt

The National Lottery Community Fund

Comic relief

Seeking collaboration with

Experts by experience/service users
Other organizations
Policy makers


Empowerment and service user involvement
Human rights
Policy and legislation
Prevention and promotion
Training, education and capacity building
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
All mental health conditions
Children and adolescents
Communicable diseases (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB)
Humanitarian and conflict health
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Older adults
Primary care