Advancing Trauma Relief for African Communities Impacted by War.
Free Evidence-Based Trauma Care for All.
After six years delivering hands-on clinical services, we now focus on rigorous research and development of innovative, scalable and culturally-adapted interventions and tools to lessen the cycle of suffering created by trauma.
We also consider our beneficiary pool all African agents of change we provide training to:
- Community health providers
- Aid workers
- Parents and caregivers
They too survived conflict and benefit from the knowledge we share and tools of self-care to excel in their roles.
Our target beneficiaries are anyone across the African continent traumatized by war:
- Adults and children
- Male and female
- Internally displaced persons (IDPs)
- Rural and urban civilians
- Post-war children exposed to violence and at risk for intergenerational trauma.
We help people of all religions, creeds, social status, and backgrounds who need mental health assistance to cope with the aftermath of adversity.
We are a small non-profit organization with a big vision. Initially founded as a grassroots project at the Buduburam refugee camp in Ghana and later relocated to Liberia, between 2008-2013 our team focused on the mission to deliver free mental health services to African communities impacted by war. Over the years, in partnership with local Ministries of Health and Justice, we assisted 7037 traumatized and at-risk direct beneficiaries across rural and urban settings, including schools, orphanages, marginalized communities, and a prison center. We utilized several evidence-based clinical approaches and learned tremendously about what works best cross-culturally. We adapted existing techniques, combined them uniquely, and delivered multiple programs to address the overwhelming need for direct services in a challenging post-war environment.
When the Ebola endemic broke out in West Africa in 2014, we had to close doors, but took it as an opportunity to re-evaluate our mission, lessons learned, and brainstorm a new operational model to catalyse change in a larger context.
Identifying a Gap
While working as a clinical service delivery organization between 2008-2013, we observed and struggled with many of the challenges in the field of emergency mental health, such as:
- The shortage of qualified mental health workers.
- Implementation of newly drafted mental health policies.
- Mental health stigma.
- Lack of reliable scientific treatment studies in cross-cultural, post-emergency settings.
While major institutions, government and well-established nonprofits are increasingly addressing the very needed challenge of capacity building, stigma reduction, and policy implementation, only a small minority engages in strengthening the evidence base for mental health interventions for trauma and related co-morbid conditions to promote more efficient models in humanitarian crises. Such lack makes it significantly difficult for those in the frontline to make informed decisions in regards to treatment choice for impacted communities.
A New Perspective
Learn more about Sankofa, our first project under our new mission to advance relief efforts. This five-year project includes development, implementation and diffusion stages to deliver evidence-based assistance to thousands of beneficiaries across Sub-Saharan Africa.