Strengthening Psychosocial support service for Transformation among the Congolese refugees in Uganda (SPOT)

Innovation summary

The SPOT programme is an integrated and consolidated approach to Congolese refugees’  MHPSS needs in the two settlements of Kyaka II and Kyangwali. The target beneficiaries in the two settlements are largely new arrivals who have suffered or witnessed traumatic experiences, got disabilities while running away from the war, have been separated from their families and most of them have embarked on dangerous journeys to get to Uganda. Some of the target beneficiaries have also suffered SGBV while in Congo during the war and so still suffer the psychological distresses and traumatic experiences due to inadequates services.

The goal of the intervention is to empower refugees, persons with special needs (PSNs) and vulnerable host communities with demonstratably improved resilience, psychosocial well being and positive coping mechanisms to come to terms with past traumatic experiences and possible future crises.

The project hopes to achieve the above through the following intervention components;

  • Team up activities
  • Detection of stressors, Evaluation of stress, Action towards stressors and Learning from stressors through self-reflection (DEALSmodel)
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA)
  • Home visits and family mediation
  • Basic Psychosocial support
  • Advanced group therapy through CBT-T
  • Individualized therapy and case management
  • Mental health outreaches
  • Physiotherapy services
  • Providing assistive devices to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)
  • Occupational therapy services

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