Cameroon is the second country in the Lake Chad Basin most affected by Boko Haram-related violence in terms of the number of people displaced by the conflict and reported security incidents in the territory.
The effects on the psychosocial well-being and mental health of the population as a whole have been destructive – now, at least 10% of the conflict-affected population has been diagnosed with mental disorders.
Our project "Emergency MHPSS and Adolescent Protection Intervention for Conflict-Affected Populations in the Far North Region of Cameroon" will take an integrated approach to the problem, to assist some 11,000 people in the North region.
Community-based psychosocial support structures for adolescents (DIAPados) will be created to offer protection and psychosocial support services to conflict-affected minors. Through these, we will be able to identify and manage all cases of teenagers in need of child protection services, who we will follow through the Identification, Documentation, Tracing and Reunification (IDTR) process, and GBV survivors, to which we will offer psychosocial support and refer to appropriate structures.