UNICEF Azerbaijan and ASAN Volunteers Organization join forces to support children in affected districts

So far, 2000 children received psychological support.

15 March 2021
A psychologist places post-it cards on the floor of a classroom as part of the psychosocial support activities.
UNICEF Azerbaijan/2021/Aliyev

Within the "Protection of children in emergencies" programme, ASAN volunteers have launched additional support activities for children living in affected areas. UNICEF Azerbaijan has organized these activities with specialized psychologist support based on the play programme for children in emergencies and recreational kits with the purpose of effective leisure of children.

More than 2,000 children were provided with psychological support within the "Child Protection in Emergencies" programme implemented in a joint effort by the ASAN Volunteers Organization and UNICEF Azerbaijan and the partners' support to strengthen the psychosocial support for children at risk to their mental health living in affected areas.

The evaluation of the severity of the post-traumatic or post-distress symptoms and psychosocial rehabilitation work for the children of the families living in the most affected areas of Ganja city, Agdam, Goranboy and Tartar regions, including the children of the martyr servicemen and civilians started in November 2020, which has a special significance in providing psychological and psychosocial support to children who experienced anxiety and fear during the conflict.

It should be noted that to share the international experience for professional psychologists and social workers involved in this project, the organizers created a unique agenda, including methodical courses on the identification of post-traumatic psychological state, instructions on the risks of strong reaction in children related to grief, loss and sadness.

To date, visits have been organized to more than 1200 families living in the programme's mentioned areas and immediate psychological assistance provided to more than 2000 children. Additional needs-based psychological intervention work is being carried out for the 40 per cent of children who already received initial psychological support, and these activities are planned to continue until April 2021.
 

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