Sub-Saharan Africa

Silent Suffering: The Psychosocial Impact of War, HIV and other High-Risk Situations on Girls and Boys in West and Central Africa

Posted By: • December 14th, 2015

The regions of West and Central Africa are home to ever-growing numbers of suffering children. These are children who live on the streets, who are trafficked and exploited as cheap labour, neglected or sexually abused, or who are forced into combat in a civil war.

To learn more about the impact of these difficult circumstances on children, Plan’s West African Regional Office, in partnership with Family Health International, initiated a five-country study (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Togo) entitled ‘Psychosocial support to children in difficult circumstances’.

The specific objectives of the project were to:

  • assess the mental health and psychosocial needs of children in different study sites
  • analyse the existing institutions which provide psychosocial support to children in the region
  • identify best practices and lessons learnt in the field
  • make recommendations for strengthening psychosocial support programming in the region

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