Digitalising Mental Healthcare Access in Uganda (DiMHA)

This project will improve access to mental health care in Uganda using ICTs. 

Digitalising Mental Health Care Access (DiMHA)

This project will make mental health care more accessible in Uganda by providing access to experts and services through ICTs. A digital solution will facilitate support through accessible information, automation and digital triaging to ensure that those most in need can get access to healthcare expertise.

The solution will be modelled on the Swedish system 1177 Vårdguiden but informed by a comprehensive needs assessment to ensure that the solution is relevant in Uganda. The combined experiences that SPIDER and partners have from previous and ongoing digital health projects provides a strong knowledge base.  This will be the first intervention of its kind in East Africa, which will provide a useful platform for scale up across the region.



DiMHA is a collaboration between experts from several disciplines in both Sweden and Uganda. The Swedish team consists of SPIDER and the department of Computer and Systems Science of Stockholm University (SU) and the Digital Health department at RISE – Research Institute of Sweden. The Ugandan team includes research fellow Vincent Michael Kiberu at Makerere University’s College of Health Sciences, Dr Juliet Nakku the Executive director of Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital and Dr Johnblack Kabykye from Uganda Cancer Institute.

The DIMHA project is part of a larger initiative called Digital Futures, a collaboration between Royal institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm University (SU) and RISE

Digital futures is a cross-disciplinary research centre that explores and develops digital technologies of great societal importance established in 2020 through funding from the government of Sweden.

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