Peter Okwi: New psychosocial boss benchmarks trust for mental health integration

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Peter Okwi: New psychosocial boss benchmarks trust for mental health integration
Peter Okwi wants to use the face of psychosocial mental health in Uganda

The newly appointed country director of the Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) Uganda, Peter Okwi, believes that teamwork, trust, and transparency are essential catalysts in the integration of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support.

Okwi succeeded Patrick Sambaga on May 15 after the latter chose to end his four-year tour of duty with retirement.

TPO is a rights based NGO that works in partnership with communities, civil society, the private sector and government to empower communities improve their mental health and socio-economic wellbeing in a sustainable way.

The NGO has been providing services to vulnerable communities in Uganda since 1994.

The organisation expressed delight in Okwi's arrival, saying his "exceptional leadership skills, strategic insights, and profound industry knowledge" makes him the ideal choice to lead their vision.

"We have full confidence in his ability to guide the organisation towards sustainable achievements in the years to come," said Canon Ken Gabelle Odur, chairperson of TPO Uganda Board.

With a proven track record in driving growth, mobilising resources, and fostering innovation, Okwi is well-positioned to lead TPO Uganda, the national mental health authority, into a new era of success.

Okwi's work ethic is driven by teamwork, trust, and transparency, which he considers vital catalysts in integrating mental health and psychosocial support across all seven program and project thematic areas of TPO Uganda.

Over the years, TPO Uganda has established itself as a highly respected national NGO with a proven track record across seven sub-regions of Uganda.

The work of TPO Uganda encompasses seven thematic areas of mental neurological and substance use disorders, child care and protection, GBV prevention and mitigation, HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support, disaster risk prevention and response, livelihood support, and organisational development and sustainability.

Okwi has enjoyed a successful career spanning over two decades in national and international humanitarian and development NGOs.

His leadership roles in public health, international development, and finance sectors have garnered recognition and respect.

Prior to his appointment, Okwi served as the Chief Operating Officer at StrongMinds, Country Director of StrongMinds Uganda,  and as acting cirector for the SADC Malaria Elimination Eight (E8) Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia.

He was also the country director of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) team in Rwanda, and Head of the Information Services Department at the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) in Uganda.

Okwi holds a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Warwick Business School, a Master's degree in Information Security from the University of London, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University.

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