Dr Rukudzo Mwamuka is a psychiatrist living and working in Zimbabwe. For the past 6 years, she has been providing clinical care to patients from marginalised communities at the referral psychiatric units in the capital city of Harare. Her experience in working with patients and understanding their challenge to access to mental health services ignited her interest in community mental health interventions. To pursue her interest, Rukudzo joined the Friendship Bench, an organisation that trains community health care workers to provide Cognitive behavioural Therapy with emphasis on Problem Solving Therapy, activity scheduling and behavioural activation.
In her role as the Clinical Programs Manager and member of the organisation’s Senior Leadership Team, Rukudzo provides oversight and strategy for the Implementation teams. She is currently focusing on ensuring fidelity of the program as it scales across the country with support from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation under the special initiative for mental health.She is a member of the Catalyst 2030 movement.
Rukudzo holds a medical degree (MBCHB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Medicine degree (Psychiatry) from the same university and she continues to tutor undergraduate medical students from the university’s mental health unit.