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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support at the heart of humanitarian action in Afghanistan

Four decades of war in Afghanistan is causing a vast amount of mental pain and suffering. A study in 2012 found that 42 percent of Afghans suffered from post-traumatic stress, and 68 percent exhibited signs of major depression.

Unfortunately, very few Afghans and humanitarian staff have access to good support to heal their psychological wounds and deal with ongoing stress. The challenge identified by Cordaid in collaboration with their partners, is the lack of access to quality, localized mental health and psycho-social support, that makes use of existing positive coping mechanisms.

Contact: Margriet Verhoeven

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