Providing substantial psychological and psychiatric care is a major challenge in Africa, just like everywhere else in the world. This concern is even more acute in post-conflict contexts. Addressing the needs in terms of the knowledge on the variety of mental disorders and their causes among the public is a notable challenge that goes hand in hand with certain stigmatization of people facing this type of difficulty in most societies.
Humura is an initiative that came from the desire of contributing to the construction of local expertise fueled by intercultural and multidisciplinary insights. In practice, while considering specific cultural and historical contexts, Humura aims at fostering knowledge sharing by harnessing best practices and expertise from experts around the globe together with experiences and expertise acquired by its members in the field of mental health. Last but not least, Humura also seeks to highlight and promote the knowledge and capacities of medical and health professionals in their fields of practice.
Our commitment in Rwanda
Our commitment in Rwanda was born from the aknowledgement of psychological and psychiatric care as a major societal issue specifically in this country. The general public’s ignorance regarding the various mental disorders that may exist as well as of their root causes, leads to stigmatization of people manifesting this type of difficulty. The Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi in Rwanda has left deep scars in the country. The trauma experienced and related addictions resulting from this tragedy, continue to torment many. In addition, gender-related violence and financial difficulties are factors that contribute to this psychological distress. Bearing in mind, the limited number of mental health professionals and how the country is on its way to rebuilding broken minds, Humura wishes to support these professionals by strengthening their skills as a significant contribution to the overall reconstruction of the country.
Annick UmutoniHumura - Iyubake
Ethnologist and psychotherapist.
Mujawayo EstherHumura - Iyubake
Sociologist, psychotherapist and writer. AVEGA co - founding member Honorary member
Rwampungu Honnête IsimbiHumura - Iyubake
Gender activist who advocates for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights.
de Clerck SoniaHumura - Iyubake
Anthropologist. Project manager in the healthcare sector using an intercultural approach.
Dr. Rwagatare PatrickHumura - Iyubake
Clinical psychologist, doctor of psychology and director of Huye isange rehabilitation center.
Rwanda Liaison Representative
Benishya-Serraz AlineHumura - Iyubake
Clinical psychologist and psychotherapist
Simon IsabelleHumura - Iyubake
Financial and fundraising manager.
Humura is a trans-disciplinary multicultural community of trainers and mental health professionals that brings together people of diverse origins and backgrounds, driven by the desire to unite their energies and expertise. Humura aims to bring together people who share the same values within a community of practice aimed at:
Developing an international network of mental health professionals by offering support to field workers, particularly in post-conflict situations;
Supporting the network by creating favorable conditions, both practical and theoretical, to improve the care of target audiences.
Developing a common vision within the Humura network centered on a comprehensive health approach as recommended by WHO.
Enhancing and acknowledging local practices of mental health and resilience among professionals of different backgrounds.