ARQ International was active in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi this autumn. In Congo we supported the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu. In Burundi we were able to do a follow up on the trainings we did earlier this year.
In Burundi we are supporting a wider national mental health care structure. In the past few years we have worked with the national psychiatric centre CNPK in the capital Bujumbura to train 18 master trainers. These master trainers have supported the development and knowledge around psychosocial support of over 200 health care providers who are working in remote and hard to reach regions in the country. After trainings in 2018 and early 2019, we were able to offer another training this autumn.
Democratic Republic of Congo
In East Congo, near the border with Rwanda, we have been supporting Panzi Hospital of Nobel laureate Dr. Mukwege for over two years already. After a successful training this summer around trauma care for children we went back this November to support nurses in the hospital around self-care. The mental health of these nurses is influenced by the many horrifying stories they have to hear and the mental and physical traumas they have to treat. Following the training we have made a self care booklet which will be distributed around 750 local and mobile staff in the region.