Entries by Officeman

Training medical staff in refugee camps

At the end of 2018, WarTrauma is training two groups of UNHCR staff supporting refugees from the South Sudan conflict. In Sudan’s capital Khartoum 23 health professionals from refugee camps in four states were trained in diagnosis and treatment of the main mental health disorders. This week people trained in Ethiopia near the South Sudanese border, are receiving a refresher course and supervision.

Nobel Peace Prize for Dr. Mukwege

WarTrauma congratulates our partner Dr. Mukwege with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Mukwege, a gynecologist from DR Congo, received the Peace Prize together with Nadia Murad, a Yezidi woman, for their activism against sexual violence in armed conflicts. Dr. Mukwege works in Bukavu, DRCongo, where he has been helping victims of sexual violence with the physical damage as result of rape for over twenty years.

Aidworkers and Academics: Clash of Cultures?

War Trauma’s impact evaluation of the Psychological First Aid (PFA) intervention during the Ebola crisis and its aftermath in Sierra Leone and Liberia provided for many lessons. One of these is the interesting relationship between aidworkers and academics.

Psychological care after sexual violence in Bukavu, DR Congo

In East Congo, sexual violence is frequently used as weapon of war. In Panzi Hospital, the hospital of the well-known gynecologist Denis Mukwege, the psychosocial team is used to work with victims of violence of different ages. WarTrauma provided the Panzi team with specific training on child development and attachment theory.

Family support for displaced and host communities in Kurdistan Region

Many families in the Kurdistan region have suffered from the occupation by Islamic State. WarTrauma supports Emma Organisation which provides mental health care and psychosocial support to individuals and families who experienced suppression, displacement and (sexual) violence. The organisation also reaches out to host communities where displaced families are trying to find a new place in society.

New Annual Magazine Available!

The value of mental health in humanitarian settings is still underestimated. When WarTrauma broaches the subject with our humanitarian partners we often find mental health comes as an afterthought. Even after twenty years, our task remains to convince aid workers and donors of the value of investing in a healthy mind in a healthy body. Only when people confronted by war, conflict and other humanitarian disasters are able to cope with what they have gone through, will they be able to rebuild their lives, families, societies and economies.