MHPSS for Refugees
This project, funded by UNHCR and implemented by GRT aimed at responding to the Asylum Seekers, Refugees and IDPs protection needs in Hargeisa, Somaliland, by building an integrated psychosocial support framework.
The intervention's main goal was to provide timely mental health and psychosocial support services to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and IDPs in Hargeisa, including both preventive and response measures.
In particular the project aimed at building the capacity of local partners in providing timely MHPSS services to SGBV survivors, children and youth in need and to promote a peaceful coexistence between Asylum Seekers, Refugees, IDPs and host community.
Description of Activities:
This project has been carried out with different methodologies. Its implementation started with a rapid training needs assessment of the project actors followed by a capacity building training on MHPSS to local stakeholders and a on-the-job capacity building of local stakeholders.
Afterwards, support has been provided to complex cases through clinical supervision and Community Group Discussions have been conducted.
As part of this project some awareness-raising activities on protection of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (RAS) and IDPs have been carried out too, in order to sensitise the host community.
The beneficiaries have been mostly refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs hosted in the region. Among these particular attention has been given to children, adolescents and youth refugees, people with mental disabilities and SGBV survivors.
As a result of this project some training capacity needs assessment have been delivered as well as end-line assessment with reports and analysis and on-the-job support to local staff, including peer-to-peer training from external senior GBV staff.
Moreover, psychosocial support to boys and girls and recreational material have been provided together with the treatment of 30 people, between refugees and IDPs, at the Mental Health Department of Hargeisa Group Hospital.
GRT also managed to deliver 6 trainings on Mental Health Psychosocial Support during the course of the project.