Speaker Biography

Shahla Eltayeb

Ahfad University for Women

Title: Road to Resilience: mental health and psychosocial services in low resource settings



Sudan has endured the longest civil war in Africa since 1983, the largest internally displaced population(UNHCR2013)
 The gap in care for mental health illnesses in Sudan is  large; most of the people affected do not have access to the treatment they need (WHO, 2008). Mental health facilities in conflict-affected Sudan are few and concentrated in urban centres; they are difficult  to access and  lack enough adequately trained professionals. The objectives of this study is to offer an example of a framework and approaches in developing a trauma healing and mental health service in conflict settings introduced by Ahfad University for Women and partners by setting up a dedicated Trauma Centre that provides free mental health service, in addition to training and capacity building. The framework offers a guide that incorporates cultural adaption encompasses Afro- Arab cultures in addition gender and political sensitive approach in introducing psychosocial support and promoting resilience and recovery within a specialised community based trauma services.