African Psycare Research Organization - APRO

African Psycare Research Organization (APRO) is a non-profit organisation that was set up to promote the development of mental health and holistic/integrated services in Africa through conducting research and capacity development.



APRO is known for:

Mental Health Research

  • Conduct epidemiological and qualitative studies on mental health difficulties and the psychosocial impact of experiences amongst vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Develop mental health and psycho-social/holistic interventional models for vulnerable groups in Africa
  • Disseminate mental health research findings
  • Improve mental health literacy in the community

Journal Publications

  • Hosts the African Journal of Traumatic Stress (AJTS)
  • Publish research findings in other peer reviewed journals

Capacity Development for Mental Health

  • Support the training of psychiatrists and clinical psychologists in Uganda through a scholarship scheme
  • Improve the mental health competences through conducting in-service trainings for various professionals and community-based organizations
  • Influence policy and service provision through effective dissemination of research findings

About APRO

APRO - South Sudan children traumatized by war

African Psycare Research Organization (APRO) is a non-profit organisation that was set up to promote the development of mental health and holistic/integrated services in Africa through conducting research and capacity development. Initially there was a particular focus with conflict, and post-conflict survivors of torture and gender-based violence and this remit has gradually extended to a broader more inclusive focus on many challenging affecting the African continent. Despite Africa having one of the highest burden of mental disorders in the world and a large treatment gap, mental health services on the continent largely remain underdeveloped. To address this, APRO is undertaking the following activities:

Our Activities Include:

  1. Conduct and support research on mental health difficulties including the associated psychosocial and holistic aspects.
  1. Publish research findings in the field of mental health disorders including hosting the African Journal of Traumatic Stress
  1. Undertake capacity development for a holistic/integrated approach to mental health by supporting and delivering the training of mental health professionals and those engaged in providing support services to those affected
  1. Undertake in-service training for health, social care, justice and service support professionals as well as community-based organisations and NGOs to improve their competences in mental healt
  1. Work with various stakeholders to develop accessible and acceptable mental health and psycho-social interventional models for vulnerable groups including persons living with severe mental illness, persons living with HIV, orphans, survivors of war conflict and torture and refugees survivors.
  1. Disseminate research findings and improve mental health literacy by communicating with the public and professional communities through press briefings, media interviews and publications in peer reviewed scientific journals

Our Team

Professor Seggane Musisi

Prof. Seggane Musisi

Executive Director & Heads Research Activities

Prof Seggane Musisi MD, FRCP(C), is Professor of Psychiatry and the former Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Makerere University College of Health Sciences and a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital…

Prof Noeline Nakasujja

Heads Scholarship Scheme

Noeline is an Associate Professor and is the Chair for the Department of Psychiatry where she serves as a Senior Lecturer at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University…

Dr Helen Liebling

External Relations & board member

Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology. Associate Researcher in Research Centre for Peace, Trust and Social Relations and Clinical Lead for Refugee Well-Being in Coventry, UK. She has been carrying out applied …

Dr Rebecca Kiziri-Mayengo Board Member

Mrs Rebecca Kiziri-Mayengo

Counselling, Psycho-social Support Scheme & Board Member
I am a Developmental Psychologist 
My professional training at the university was: Howard University, washington DC B.Sc, Psychology; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsbutgh…

Scholarship Beneficiaries

This scholarship enabled me to achieve my dream of becoming a mental health advocate, a Psychiatrist. I am forever indebted to the steering team that selected me for this award.
Dr Benedict Akimana
It was because of this support that I was able to have my tuition paid as well as research funds to enable me complete a master’s degree in medicine (Psychiatry). I am forever grateful.
Dr Kyohangirwe Leticia
I am beneficiary of this scholarship scheme and I was able to successfully complete his masters in medicine (psychiatry) in 2017 and then joined the Department of Psychiatry.
Dr Emmanuel Mwesiga
I am Dr Emmanuel Mpamizo, was a beneficiary of this scholarship scheme from 2014 to 2017. Through this scholarship I was able to have my tuition paid, obtain a modest monthly stipend as well as undertake my research project. This enabled me successfully complete my master’s degree in medicine (psychiatry).
Dr Emmanuel Mpamizo
I am Sr Ritha Binduru (with a veil on my head), I appreciate the support given to me by the African Psychcare Research that enabled me undertake the three years course in masters of medicine (psychiatry) between 2015 to 2018. I am currently employed as a psychiatrist and Head of Department Mental Health at Arua Regional Referral hospital.
Sr Ritha Binduru