Uganda is currently hosting a total of 1.36 million refugees mainly from South-Sudan (985,512 individuals) followed by the DRC (271,967 individuals)1. These new influx refugees led to the rapid expansion of the refugee population in both settlements in Kyaka II and Kyangwali putting a heavy strain on limited existing services1. Most of them have suffered and/or witnessed severe human rights’ abuses and atrocities, suffered traumatic experiences including witnessing of violence of all forms, sexual and gender-based violence, and mass murders.
Despites these challenges and experiences, majority of these (83%) were unable to receive psychological care. Therefore, the goal of the project is to improve resilience, psychosocial wellbeing and positive coping mechanisms among refugees, persons with special needs (PSNs) and vulnerable host communities in South-Western Uganda. The intervention model is designed to ensure the targeted PSNs of MHPSS services have access to a comprehensive package of services that includes all levels of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support.
- Non-specialized MHPSS implemented by War Child Holland (WCH) used as preventive measures and platform to identify cases which require support.
- Specialized MHPSS services implemented by Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) will be provided to individuals in need and customized to their conditions. This is provided either in groups or individuals following the CBT modal.
- Disability and Inclusion response services by Humanity and Inclusion (HI) will be provided to very vulnerable persons with psychosocial distress will receive adapted Psychosocial Support.
- Coordination, Harmonization and Referral Pathways will be strengthened to improve MHPSS service delivery.