Our Program

The Peter C. Alderman Program for Global Mental Health is the mental health program of HealthRight and is dedicated to strengthening mental health, recovery and resilience for communities devastated by violence and armed conflict. Our teams implement transformative solutions providing every individual the opportunity to rebuild, recover, and thrive. Through direct implementation and partners, HealthRight’s Peter C. Alderman Program for Global Mental Health is currently operating at 18 clinics across Uganda and Burundi. We are working to extend program reach across all HealthRight programs and countries to address the mental health needs of marginalized populations.

Our Approach

The vision of the Peter C. Alderman Program for Global Mental Health is to implement and scale transformative mental health and psychosocial care. Our program is grounded in rigorous research and evidence and based on the principle that the best innovations come from local communities. That is why our program is delivered by local clinicians and caregivers and operates through partnership with governments, with the goal of community-based lay practitioners providing majority of care.

Our Work is Complex – Yet Simple

Dr Weitse Tol

Dr. Wietse Tol, PCAF Program Director

“The work of improving the mental health and psychological wellbeing of conflict-affected people is both incredibly complex – and simple. Every day, our caregivers meet people who are suffering enormously from some of the worst things people can do to each other. Their emotional and psychological issues are deep and complex, and we have much to learn about how to describe, measure and relieve their profound suffering. Assisting people who suffer because of conflict is difficult work, and keeping our staff healthy psychologically is also a complex, ongoing challenge.

Yet there is surprising simplicity in our approach, because we know from experience that sharing another human being’s suffering can help them get back on their feet. Our patients’ inner strengths give us a starting point in our work together, and we build on these strengths in our daily individual and group sessions. We rely on the resilience of our remarkable clinic staff and leadership, exemplified in the Alderman family who found strength despite their grief to help others.

The healing power of shared suffering is a powerful force. It strengthens our commitment and bolsters our energy to keep on learning, keep on searching for more effective treatments, and keep on reaching out to those who have suffered so greatly.”