Introduction

mHub Rwanda is part of a global network of mental health organizations that help people achieve mental and emotional wellbeing. We are social purpose businesses that strive to bridge the gaps in access and quality of mental health services worldwide, with a particular focus on low- and middle-income countries in Africa. Through our state-of-the-art solutions, we deliver highest quality services and support you when, where and how you need it.

Background

The impact of Covid-19

As Covid-19 swept across the world and as governments responded with quarantine and lockdown measures, people and communities experienced a considerable degree of uncertainty, fear, worry, and concern. Effects on our usual activities, routines, and livelihoods were and continue to be massive. The resulting changes are major known psychological risk factors for anxiety, depression, and self-harm. It is undisputed that the pandemic will have long-lasting consequences and effects on the mental health and wellbeing of billions of people both now and into the future.

The global mental health disease burden

Even before the emergency, mental illnesses accounted for more than 10% of all diseases globally. Additionally, the social and economic consequences for individuals, families, communities, and societies are extensive. The WHO estimates that mental illnesses cost the global economy around US $1 trillion each year due to lost production and consumption opportunities. Many mental illnesses can be prevented and treated effectively. But the treatment coverage is very low. According to some studies, more than 80% of people in low- and middle-income countries who suffer from severe disorders receive no treatment at all. And when people seek treatment, the quality is frequently poor. Estimates suggest that only 3.7% of people with a depressive disorder receive even minimally adequate treatment.

The mHub response

The mHubs are based upon the theory that activities aimed at becoming the epicenter of mental health expertise at their location will improve access to quality services and reduce stigmatization, lead to vibrant professional communities where practitioners find diverse opportunities to increase their capacity, and generally generate knowledge and evidence. Ultimately, this will allow people and communities to enjoy an improved mental wellbeing and a reduced burden of mental illness.