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February 22, 2019

Meeting the President of Uganda, His Excellency, President Yoweri Museveni

Statement by Monsignor Daved Cappo AO, CEO, YouBelong

On Monday 4thFebruary, 2019, I was honoured to meet the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, at the State House, Entebbe, in a delegation led by Sir Michael Hintze, and including Dr Annalisa Jenkins, Chair of the UK Board of Trustees of YouBelong, Mr Patrick Bitature, a distinguished Ugandan businessman and Patron of YouBelong Uganda, and Mr Tim Nash, assistant to Sir Michael.

We had the opportunity to explain the work of YouBelong Uganda, to President Museveni, and I was delighted that the President supported our important work for people with serious mental disorders, to be cared for in a sustainable way with their families, following their discharge from institutional care.

Sir Michael Hintze, a leading UK financier, and supporter of YouBelong, was in Uganda to visit the staff at YouBelong offices in Mutungo, and to learn more about the innovations employed by YouBelong Uganda in developing new pathways of care for people with serious mental disorders. He also visited Butabika National Mental Hospital, the main mental hospital in Uganda.

Sir Michael took the opportunity in his brief visit to Uganda, to host a function for YouBelong with guests including the Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr Atwine, the UK High Commissioner to Uganda, HE Peter West, Mr Patrick Bitature, and representatives from the WHO and UN, the Madhvani Group of Companies, and members of the UK Board of Trustees of YouBelong.