ARQ International (formerly War Trauma Foundation) provides an evidence-based approach to strengthening mental health and psychosocial support for people affected by war, conflict and disaster.

Some of our Projects

Supporting people in a forgotten country

This autumn War Trauma provided a training for the Sahrawi far away in the desert of Algeria. A special training, because the Sahrawi are the focal point of a forgotten conflict, in a divided country and with a government in exile.

Mental Health Training in Nigeria

Over 2.2 million people have fled the violence of Boko Haram…


In 2016, War Trauma conducted a needs assessment for the German development agency GIZ, researching the psychosocial needs of relatives of disappeared persons in Mexico.


Ukraine has seen a lot of political tension and conflict in the past years. After the Russian annexation of the Crimea, an armed conflict broke out in the east of Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian separatists.

Iraq - Yezidi girls and women

In August 2014 militants of the Islamic State (IS) attacked the habitat of the Iraqi Yezidi minority, enslaving thousands of Yezidi girls and women. Those who have managed to escape or have been freed are often severely traumatized.


In Ethiopia we worked with two trainers from WarTrauma and two Ethiopian psychiatrists with mhGAP training experience. Having two local psychiatrists on board added a lot of value to the trainings.


In Chad, WarTrauma Foundation provided mhGAP (mental health Global Action Programme) training in partnership with UNHCR. A common problem in low resource countries is the lack of mental health professionals.


In many low resource countries, particularly in the aftermath of war or disaster, the ability to provide mental health care is often non existent. Sometimes, the infrastructure does not exist, or mental health has been overlooked.


War Trauma participated in a project on MHPSS in Armenia. As part of this programme, War Trauma was involved in an assessment of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support infrastructure in Armenia.


So many former war zones and areas of ongoing collective violence leave the population with a huge variety of psychosocial issues, as well as shattered communities and broken infrastructure.


The Ahfad University for Women (AUW) students’ mostly come from war afflicted areas, such as Sudan, Eritrea or Somalia. It is also near the largest residential area for people from Darfur and Dar Elslam refugee camp.

Palestinian territories

The Palestinian territories are amongst the most challenging areas for field workers and families alike, often dealing with multi-layers of complex psychosocial problems, including isolation.

Democratic Republic of Congo

We have all heard stories in the media of children surviving horrific circumstances – almost at any cost. But it is exactly those human costs that were a major concern for the WarTrauma Foundation and the Salvation Army DR Congo.


Often in former war zones hostilities do not simply cease to exist when peace is declared. Such is the case in ethnically divided Mitrovica in Northern Kosovo.


In 2015, approximately 400,000 refugees arrived in Greece from over the sea. Most of them fleeing severe violence and death at home – only to face the dangers of the sea and potentially further loss and grief.