Psychosocial Support Strengthening in Malawi
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!), jointly with local organisations, increases the understanding and use of the Psychosocial Support Source Book for Vulnerable Children in Malawi by training service providers. The Source Book is an effective tool to strengthen the psychosocial support of children affected by HIV and AIDS.
The Psychosocial Support Project
Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) and four organisations in Malawi
collaborated in the Psychosocial Support (PSS) Project,
which aimed to scale up psychosocial support activities in
The PSS Project brought together and built on the experiences of Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) and four key organisations in Malawi: Network of Organizations for Vulnerable and Orphaned Children (NOVOC), YouthNet and Counselling (YONECO), Ecumenical Counselling Centre (ECC), and Eye of the Child. NOVOC was the lead organisation.
Training of service providers
One of the key products of the PSS Project is the Psychosocial Support Source Book for Vulnerable Children in Malawi, a practical guide developed by the project partners for service providers working with children in Malawi. The publication, issued in 2011, aims to improve psychosocial support services to orphans and other vulnerable children by bringing together available knowledge and experiences in a user-friendly and practical manner. The Source Book presents strategies and tools in the PSS service area in Malawi. Aidsfonds (previously STOP AIDS NOW!) and its partners NOVOC and ECC will jointly work on increasing the understanding and use of the Source Book among civil society organisations in Malawi. Service providers will be trained in adequately utilising the Source Book.