Psychosocial Programme

Project Psychosocial Programme
Objectives

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

Project Partners University of Somalia, Muslim Aid Somalia
Activities

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
Accomplishments

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

Funder – NSTP-MEDIA PRIMA

BACKGROUND

Due to the severity of the crisis in Somalia,many caregivers 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’S 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.