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HealthNet TPO is a Dutch aid agency that works on health in areas disrupted by war or disasters. In these areas people are facing the immense task of rebuilding society while they suffer from poverty, diseases and the emotional consequences of conflict. We use ‘health’ as both a goal and means: the goal is to reach accessible health care for all. By working on that together with local communities we use ‘health’ as a means to bring people together and to restore mutual trust.


A 'mindful' approach to fieldwork in South Sudan

February 2016, blog by Aleida van der Wal

On my fieldtrip to South Sudan, I attended the bi-annual meeting with the key staff. Many topics with regard to project implementation, finance, human resources, and fundraising are discussed and shared. Today we also touched upon the topic of reporting.

Public Private Partnership accomplishments in Afghanistan

Public Private Partnership is an innovative approach by HealthNet for the community access to health services in areas highly volatile and insecure.

Newsletter December 2015

The last newsletter of 2015 is now available. It comes with real life stories from Burundi, Afghanistan, South Sudan and a research project from Congo.

EU makes 8 Million euro available to continue improving the Afghan mental health and disability services

On 22 November 2015 the European Union Delegation to Afghanistan and the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan organized a ceremony to mark their continued cooperation towards the improvement of delivery of public health services.

Situation in Burundi

12 November 2015 - By Joseph Nduwumwami, Country Manager Burundi - Despite the creation of the Inter-Burundi Dialogue Commission early October to oversee the dialogue between government and opposition, daily violence continued especially in Bujumbura.

NGOs and National Knowledge Institutes: exploring successful collaboration in Africa

On 7 November 2015, during the Africa Day in the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, a workshop on exploring ways for successful collaboration between NGOs and National Knowledge Institutes in Africa, was organized by the Knowledge Network of the Dutch Consortium of Rehabilitation (DCR).

Report symposium Civic Driven Change in Fragile States

On 3 November 2015 the Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation (DCR) organized the symposium ‘Civic Driven Change in Fragile States’ in the Humanity House in The Hague.

Expansion of services for people with mental disorders and/or disabilities in Afghanistan

As of January 2016 HealthNet will open three training centres to expand and improve services for people with mental disorders and people living with disabilities. One will be run by our partner in this project IAM (International Assistance Mission). The centres will be located in Kabul, Herat, and Mazar.

Symposium: Civic Driven Change in Fragile States?

3 November 2015 - How can citizens of fragile states interact more directly with their governments in order to reinforce the impact of development activities? And how can civil society organisations support them in this? This will be the focus during this symposium, organized by the Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation (DCR).

Afghanistan-Pakistan quake: Rescue efforts expanded

On 26 October north-eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan, were hit by an earthquake magnitude-7.5 earthquake. Unlike the quake of 10 years ago, this one happened deep inside the Earth, some 223 kilometers below the surface.

New mental health care blue print for Nepal

15 October 2015 - The PRogramme for Improving Mental health carE (PRIME) published district mental healthcare plans from five low- and middle-income countries, notably Nepal, in a supplement to the British Journal of Psychiatry on 8th October, 2015. This research is the culmination of more than three years of work, and collaboration between a range of academic institutions, non-governmental organisations, Ministries of Health, and the World Health Organization.

Mental health patients in Gitega visit health centers for psychiatric help

October 2015 - By Jean Pierre Nkunzimana - Many Burundian are affected by various mental illnesses due to trauma caused by the war or other causes like gender-based violence, family issues, poverty, unemployment etc.
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