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Organization: HealthNetTPO

Country: Burundi; Sudan; Sri Lanka; Indonesia; Nepal

Forum: Mental health

HealthNet TPO is a Dutch aid agency that works on health in areas disrupted by war or disasters. It has developed a Psychosocial Care Package which combines mental health promotion, prevention and treatment to address the needs of at-risk children and adolescents in areas of armed conflict.

The package is compiled of multiple different components and includes information on the rationale and theoretical background of these components as well as a step-by-step implementation guide. The various activities and programmes are then integrated within a comprehensive system of care. Examples of these activities include:

  • Capacity building of community members and building community awareness
  • Resilience groups
  • Peer groups and group psycho-education
  • Recreational and cultural activities
  • Formation of parent-teacher associations
  • Parental guidance and support
  • Classroom-based psychosocial intervention
  • Group and individual counselling: more advanced or individualized support for children with more severe or less transient problems
  • Mental health referrals and epilepsy treatment: case management for epileptic children and children with psychiatric problems

The models, tools and presentations within the resource package are available to download for free and are continuously being expanded with new evidence and research.

The Classroom-Based Intervention has been shown to be effective in several clinical trials in Indonesia, Nepal and Sri Lanka and, according to a series of non-randomized evaluation studies, the package improved case detection and made effective care available to over 96,000 children across the five countries. The programme continues to run in Burundi; however, a lack of resources has halted the programme in the other countries.

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