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Group psychotherapy in refugees camps in Kigoma.

Providing treatment that help with mental health problems,emotional challenges and psychiatric disorders in refugees camps.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Considering that Tanzania is surrounded by countries with political instability this makes it being the country receiving a lot of refugees per year.Tanzania has traditionally been very welcoming to refugees. Three decades ago, over one million refugees resided in the country. Because of Burundi’s civil war in the ’90s, caused by the conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, hundreds of thousands of people fled to Tanzania.Though Burundian refugees are in the majority, around one quarter of the refugees hosted by Tanzania are from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo. In DR Congo, conflict and widespread insecurity has forced millions to flee their homes, some of them making their way across Lake Tanganyika to Tanzania.The majority of refugees reside in three refugee camps, Nyarugusu, Mtendeli and Nduta, located in the north-western areas of the country. These people flee their countries because of the fear of persecution and violence hence violation of human rights.All that process these people encounter a lot of barbaric actions and all type of abusive actions especially women and children.For example some women and young girls are being raped some are going far and sodomize even boys.Children are being forced to watch while their parents are being mistreated or killed.This led them into psychological problems.Young children witnessing killings and being abused these actions disturb their mind in a way that can never be explained and this might affect their behavior and emotions also might have an impact in decision making.Therefore these people need group psychotherapy in order to make sure that they are mentally fit.Otherwise this community might be dangerous when it comes to a worse mental situation.Then we need to have a team of psychiatrists who can help these people with their past bad experiences that might disturb their mental health.These people need immediate medical attention thus bring them psychiatrists or therapists.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

This is focusing on people found in all three refugee camps in Kigoma namely Nyarugusu,Mtendeli and Nduta hence these are the right places where you can find the targeted people.This is where the group psychotherapy will be conducted in order to make sure tha these people are given medical attention due to the idea that they have been through worse.On top of that the idea is universal applicable therefore during the implementation this can go world wide.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

This idea intend to help these two sides that means the host society and the refugees to live in a way that they can never harm each other.This helps to build healthy and strong relationships.People with psychological problems are dangerous to live with.Therefore it's better to treat this people and give them hope to rebuild their life without harming others.Thereof this medical attention will ensure the safety and eliminate the threat within the camps and outside the camps at large.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

This treatment remove grudges and clean the soul of the patient.Therefore this treatment provide another opportunity for refugees to feel the presence of happiness and let go of the things that made them unhappy at the first place.Happy society understand the importance of loving one another and the sense of self disciplined and respect to one another.People with physical and mental fitness can provide for one another and make the society a better place to live in by improving social services and develop better shelter and eating healthy foods.Care and support will be built among these people.Healthy is wealthy people need to understand that mental health is far greater than physical healthy.And without healthy mind and physical at large othe aspect of human need is useless even if they are available.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

Imagine having the society with healthy member of society.Life can be easy by reducing numbers of dependent people in the society.Everyone participate in the process of building the stable society.Healthy people bring positive outcome in whatever they are agreed upon.People might be able to set goals and plan how to survive in the meanwhile.Mutual respect and healthy relationship can be built between the host society and the refugees society.Therefore acting normal and wisely might influence strong relationship between these two sides.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

Understanding the importance of being rational and how people with high capacity of reasoning can do great things inspire me and led me to think of this idea as the most useful tools in the refugees camps.Mental fitness is the greatest weapon in overcoming all challenges by finding the right solutions for a certain challenge.Because I have seen how irrational people can do stupid things it came to my sense understanding the importance of being healthy mentally.Since these people have been through a lot it's important for them to have the medical attention in order to make sure nothing hold them back from being happy and feeling the sense of joy and dignity.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

This idea intend to serve people living in the refugee camps of Nyarugusu,Mtendeli and Nduta in Kigoma Region.These people are categorized in term of gender sex and age.Since there are people with different experience but I believe these people have been going through the common experience according to their age,sex and gender.Therefore the group psychotherapy will be conducted according to age,sex and gender.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

It's human nature wanting to offload things if they feel like it's heavy for them to keep.Therefore people need someone to talk to and who can listen what they went through and understand them.These therapists have specialized in treating people of this kind hence it won't be difficult for them to help these people.Also they are capable of helping them understand that instead of all that they need to move one since the life is going on.Helping them understand that they are not alone and make them feel safe and secure will retain their normal mental status and let go of their past and embrace the present in order to build the best future for them and the generation to come.These specialists will make sure these people are treated effectively in order for them to build the better society.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Am planning to work with the psychiatrists or therapists.Also any Ngo,s that will be able to work alongside are welcome.I already have received an interest of working together from Dr.Charles Tauber who is the CEO of CWWPP and has about 20 years experience in helping people with Trauma.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Arriving and settling at a destination community

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Blueprint: We are exploring the idea and gathering the inspiration and information we need to test it with real users.

Group or Organization Name

Sultan

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

As an individual with knowledge about psychological problems and their consequences to the society am the right person to implement this idea due to the experience I have regarding the matter at hand.Observing a lot of people with psychological problems and how they are affected emotionally,socially and economically at large let me be the right person to implement this idea.

Type of submitter

  • We are not yet a registered organization but plan to in future

Organization Headquarters: Country

Tanzania

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Tanzania

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Wow, I like it when I read something that directly targets a particular need. And this Idea is exactly that. Thank you so much Sultan Hussein for sharing and wish you all the best. I see potential for collaboration.

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Actually thanks for the compliment and I see we have mutual interest therefore there won't be nothing to hold us back from collaboration to see this idea moving and put it into action.Thanks so much for your honesty comment.God bless you.

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Ok

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Ok

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True

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Photo of Ikong James
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Thank you for throwing more light to this Sultan Hussein The need for psychosocial and mental health intervention is very evident in todays communities that is both refugee and host communtiites because of diverse factors leading to the phenomenon. Indeed there is a wide gap in this area and the need is kept very silent often not thought of or talked about in africa with assumptions of myths sorrounding this need.

We are seeking to answer the same questions of this need and problem through Bold Nation Agency and see a very opportune area and field of collaboration in regards to this need as it resides at the very core of our interventions.

Best,
James.

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Thanks James,I really appreciate you taking your precious time going through my idea and understand how potential it is to solve mental issues before physical issues.Am looking forward working with you days to come I hope we have mutual understanding on social problems and how we suppose to overcome them

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We do have a mutual interest in a specifc social problem we are both trying to address with our ideas. We hope and look forward to a very fruitful collaboration in this regard.

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Let's hope for the best,and it's a good feeling being a part of changes that build the healthy society.

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Photo of Samier Mansur
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Wonderful concept! the need to scale these psychosocial and healing responses is so evident. I helped found a facility in the Rohingya camps that cares for 500 children, and the need is so evident if we are to see them live healthy, healthy, and successful lives one day. I am now scaling the delivery of child well-being services into underserved areas, and perhaps there's scope for collaboration here!

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Dear Samier
I appreciate that You take my idea very seriously and I would love collaborating with you since you are aware of the consequences of being mentally unfit and you have experience on that matter.Looking forward working with you

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Photo of lucien kilonda
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Hello Sultan,
I like your idea and I see the potential for us working together. Please take a moment to read our idea “Demistifying Epilepsy”: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/ideas/demystifying-epilepsy
I would love to connect with you via phone or email sometime.

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Dear Sultan,

You may want to have a look at the work of Dr. Charles Tauber, his PET methodology may help you: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/ideas/pragmatic-empowered-training

Kind Regards,

Hans van Nieuwkerk
www.docs.refival.org
www.openideo2019.refival.org

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Dear Hans
As much as I would like to go through it but the time is limited but thanks for your concern.Much appreciated

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Photo of Johannes Cornelis van Nieuwkerk
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Dear Sultan,

Dr. Charles Tauber has more than 20 years of experience with trauma treatment of victims of the Yugoslav war and has developed amazing materials. see: https://www.cwwpp.org/

Kind Regards,

Hans van Nieuwkerk

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Dear Hans van Niewkerk
I would like to thank you for your concern.I came to realize that Dr.Charles Tauber is much more experienced and knowledgeable on the matter regarding psychotherapy and all psychological problems.Iam willing to work with him and I expect to learn a lot in the process

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I very much would like to work with you, Sultan. Please contact me on cwwppsummer@gmail.com. Our website is www.cwwpp.org. You can see there what we do. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Am pleased to hear that from the more experienced person.Out of curiosity and desire to become knowledgeable in that particular matter I will contact you.Expect nothing less from me.Am glad you chose me out of the big number in this challenge.

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I look forward to hearing from you.

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Don't worry I'll be in touch before you know it