Afghanistan continues to face extraordinary challenges after almost 40 years of continuous armed conflict. Despite these difficulties, many Afghans have been working tirelessly to protect, rebuild, develop and maintain their national institutions. Read how Intervention is supporting this effort.
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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.
Congolese gynaecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on the 10th of December. A week earlier he was in The Hague for the symposium “From Words to Action: Repairing the Wounds of Wartime Sexual Violence.”
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.
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.
The newest issue of our peer reviewed journal Intervention covers a wide range of topics.
After a year of preparation the STRENGTHS programme is starting to make an impact for Syrian refugees. The STRENGTHS programme is run by a consortium of organisations in Europe and the Middle East to improve psychological aid for Syrian refugees.
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.
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.
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.
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