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Project ID:00118835Description:PBF/IRF-312: Improving psychos
Fund:
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 22 Nov 2019
Theme:
PBF Immediate Response
End Date*: 31 Aug 2021
Country: Somalia Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple
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This project is aimed at improving Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) for conflict affected youth in Somalia, through a socially inclusive integrated approach for peacebuilding. This pilot project is a first of its kind in Somalia, where an estimated third or more of the population suffers from mental illness, and where much of the population faces psychosocial problems stemming from the effects of acute and protracted conflict, further exacerbated by climatic and other shocks. It will break new ground in improving understanding of the links between mental health and conflict in Somalia. Through partnership between UN agencies, Somali authorities, and a prominent national academic institution, the project will not only establish the first institutional response to mental health and psychosocial issues affecting young Somali men and women, but it will also be a catalytic intervention aimed at systematically addressing one of the most critical, yet never previously addressed, barriers to lasting peace and reconciliation in the country. The project will also aim to reduce stigma and promote community-based approaches to reach vulnerable youth. Furthermore, the project will be the first of its kind to collect and analyze primary data on inter-linkages between mental health and peacebuilding in Somalia and, as a result, has the potential to catalyze significant support from other donors towards addressing MHPSS as one measure to help achieve and sustain peace in Somalia. 

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Somalia or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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