The Transcultural Psychosocial Organization/ITC – Nepal
Psychosocial Support – Prevention of Trafficking; Primary Health Care Integration
Name of organization: South Sudan Psychosocial Program [SSPP]
Location of operation:
- Kajo-keji County –central Equatoria State
- Magwi County –Eastern Equatoria state
- Organization in existence since 2005
AN OVERVIEW OF SSPP PROGRAM ACTIVITIES IN SOUTH SUDAN
Sector 1: Psychosocial care and support services/mental health care services
- Counseling for survivors of war and organized violence including other social problems.
- Counseling is based on individual, group, family and community levels.
- Following up clients by counselors to monitor the improvement of clients.
- Referring clients to other helping structures within the community.
- Advocating for support for desperate clients.
- Building capacities of communities through community participation workshops.
- Youth alcohol/drug abuse prevention initiative
- 2000+ community leaders and members were sensitized on psychosocial and mental health issues.
- Trained 45 members of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kajo-keji and Magwi Counties on psychosocial support counseling.
- Trained over 300 SPLA war wounded heroes on psychosocial social support on prevention of suicide.
- Trained 30 SPLA peer educators on psychosocial support and HIV/AIDS
- Trained 25 SPLA medical corps on HIV/AIDS, psychosocial support and syndromic management.
- Trained 45 members of people living with HIV/AIDS in Kajo-keji and Magwi Counties.
- Trained 60 youth leaders on alcohol/drug abuse prevention and psychosocial support in Yei and Nimule.
Sector 2: Mental health care services
- Conducting mobile mental health clinics in 4 centers in Kajo-keji and 1 in Nimule to treat clients with severe mental disorders.
- Following up clients on treatment to monitor their progress.
- Providing counseling to clients with mental health problems and their families.
- Community sensitization on mental health problems
- Training health center in charges on management of mental health problems
- Referring clients to other helping structures in the community.
- Advocating for rights of people with mental illness.
- Established 4 mobile mental health clinics in Kajo-keji County and 1 in Nimule [Magwi County]
- Trained 28 health workers in Kajo-keji County on management of mental health and psychosocial problems.
- 800 clients benefited from psychosocial care counseling
- 827 clients both mentally ill and epilepsy are benefitting from mental health drugs [about 327 mentally ill]
Sector 3: HIV/AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAM
- Community awareness on HIV/AIDS
- School campaigns on HIV/AIDS targeting upper primary pupils and secondary schools.
- Building capacity of people living with HIV/AIDS on psychosocial support.
- Psychosocial counseling for traumatized people living with HIV/AIDS.
- Referring clients to Voluntary Counseling and Testing[VCT] and ARVs
- Conducting community mobilization meetings
- Advocating for rights of people with living with HIV/AIDS
Under the HIV/AIDS project we have accomplished the following achievements.
- Trained 28 youth peer educators on HIV/AIDS prevention and psychosocial support.
- Trained 24 members of people living with HIV/AIDS on psychosocial support.
- Sensitized 307 women on HIV/AIDS prevention.
- Sensitized 273 community leaders on HIV/AIDS prevention.
- Trained 50 traditional healers on HIV/AIDS prevention
- 4500 upper primary pupils reached with HIV/AIDS message
- Distributed 9000 condoms to condom users in Kajo-keji County
- Referred clients to VCT centers
Sector 4: Civic education [kajo-keji County]
- Sensitizing community leaders on human rights, local democracy and good governance.
- Training county local leaders on human rights, local democracy and good governance.
- Conducting radio talk shows on human rights, local democracy and human rights.
- Sensitized 140 community leaders on human rights, local democracy and good governance.
- Trained 30 paralegals to sensitize the community on human rights and monitor human rights abuses.
- Conducted 3 radio talk shows on local FM radio targeting 5000 listeners.
Sector S: Sexual gender Based Violence [SGBV]
- Sensitizing community leaders and members on psychological and mental effects of SGBV
- Training community leaders on SGBV prevention and response.
- Training survivors of SGBV on psychosocial support, SGBV prevention, and livelihood business skills and knowledge.
- Counseling for survivors of SGBV
- Referrals and advocacy
- 300 community leaders were trained on SGBV prevention and response.
- 30 women survivors of SGBV were trained on psychosocial support, SGBV prevention, and livelihood and business skills.
- Over 9000 community leaders were sensitized on SGBV/GBV
Human resource [STAFF CAPACITY] – Kajo-keji program:
- Director 1
- Program assistant 1 trained counselor
- Human resource manager 1
- Accountant 1
- Training coordinator 1[trained counselor/trainer]
- Counselors 9
- Support staffs 6
- Community psychosocial volunteers 30
Total staff: 20 staffs and 30 community psychosocial volunteers
Magwi -Nimule program
- Program coordinator 1 [also a trained trainer and counselor]
- Supervisor/counselor 1
- Counselor 1
- Community psychosocial volunteer 1
Inactive counselors who are not yet engaged currently:
We also have 20 counselors who are currently not engaged but have been highly trained and are ready for deployment.