NOUSPR Advocates for the Rights of Persons with Psychosocial Disabilities
**Trigger warning regarding genocide
The prevalence of psychosocial disabilities in Rwanda is far above the international average. Nearly one million people were killed during the genocide, and that devastation has had a profound effect on the country. The National Organization of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Rwanda (NOUSPR) has a dream – a world in which all people with psychosocial disabilities are treated with the respect and dignity that allow them to enjoy their human rights in all aspects of their lives. In this video, Mariza Munah, NOUSPR’s advocacy officer, talks about how mental health is one of the “neglected disabilities” in Rwanda and how NOUSPR is advocating for and with people with psychosocial disabilities and providing a platform for a unified voice. *Video includes audio descriptions for blind and low-vision audiences.
Rose Umutesi is chairperson of the National Organization of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Rwanda (NOUSPR) and co-founder and treasurer of its umbrella organization, the National Union of Disabilities Organizations of Rwanda (NUDOR).
NOUSPR’S mission is to advocate for and with people with psychosocial disabilities. It works to provide a platform for a unified voice to advocate for services and opportunities and to have NOUSPR members' interests and human rights promoted and protected.
NUDOR was established in 2010 by eight national organizations of persons with disabilities. Its mission is to strengthen the voice of the disability movement in Rwanda.
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