Psychosocial Programme

Project Psychosocial Programme

To provide psychosocial support to the community affected by the drought and food security crisis

Project Partners University of Somalia, Muslim Aid Somalia

Psychosocial Training for mental health institute staff, local NGO including Muslim Aid Somalia, SOYDA, and University of Somalia students union

Locations Psychosocial training was held at the University of Somalia
Period January-December 2012

Psychosocial training for the staff of VASCOM, SOYDA, Muslim Aid, UNISOSU, university students and doctors from the mental health hospital in Mogadishu.

Projected Budget – USD 30,000


Duetotheseverityofthecrisis inSomalia,manycaregivers
are unavailable or unable to provide psychosocial
stimulation to their children during food crises due
to their own poor physical or mental health. A lack of
psychosocial stimulation has adverse consequences for
children’s development (cognitive, motor, language) and
mental health.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia conducted an assessment on the current
mental and psychosocial condition in the camp among
the children and adults to determine their condition and
the type of psychosocial intervention needed. The team
visited a Child Friendly Space run by Muslim Aid at Aden
Adde Camp and interviewed some of the community
members in the camp. The team also visited the Farmilini
Mental Hospital which has stop running for many years
and another facility called Habib Mental Health Hospital
which is currently run by a local organisation.
Based on the data and information acquired, a
psychosocial training programme for local NGOs,
medical practitioners, and university students had been
conducted for 3 days in University of Somalia located
in Mogadishu. The aim of the training is to cascade the
knowledge on common symptoms of psychological
problem, psychosocial first aid, relevant negotiation skills,
etc. It is hoped that these knowledge can be utilised by
the civil society to identify and respond whenever they
found such problem while conducting other activities
e.g.: mobile clinic, education programme, etc.