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.
16 July 2015 - By Didace Manirakiza - Faced with a strong tension linked to rumors of an impending civil war in this unprecedented pre-election period of crisis in Burundi, the spirit of HealthNet’s community networks make every effort to stabilize the situation by reassuring the people of the province Makamba who, tempted by the uncertain solution, exile abroad.
15 July 2015 - By Caitlin Cockcroft - Sitting in the brightly painted, air-conditioned training room of the local hotel in Wau, it’s hard to believe that I’m in South Sudan, a country currently experiencing war. I started just two weeks ago as the Psychosocial Project Coordinator for a joint response with ten other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), which aims to save lives and alleviate suffering throughout the country.
9 July 2015 - By John Garang Achien - My name is John Garang Achien. I am a Community Mobilisation Officer for HealthNet, working in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State – Aweil North County. My current role is to strengthen health systems, working closely with communities through training and mobilisation to help them to rehabilitate health facilities and to do referrals from the community to the health facilities.
Following the earthquake of 25 April 2015 in Nepal, Mark Jordans (Head of Research at HealthNet) and his colleagues Wietse Tol and Brandon Kohrt were involved in a desk review with volunteers from King’s College London, Duke University and John Hopkins University.
The HealthNet program Psychosocial Care Package Children has been included in the World Happiness Report 2015. To date the report has already been downloaded 1.4 million times.
From 20 - 30 September 2015 HealthNet, UNCHR, International Medical Corps, CIHC and IHHA will organize the course Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
May 2015 - HealthNet is one of the organizers of this week’s Unicef Symposium: Growing up in Conflict, the impact on children’s mental health and well-being. The Symposium takes place in The Hague this week.
On 12 May 2015 another earthquake with 7.3 magnitude hit Nepal. A country still recovering from the devastating quake of 25 April that killed close to 8,000 people last month. Grim reports are emerging of bodies being recovered from ruins and injured being brought to hospital.
May 2015 - By Lenny Schouten - I am impressed by the strength of the woman standing in front of me. It’s a warm afternoon in a village high up in the green mountains of Burundi. Everybody around me is getting a bit slow because of the heat, but she seems to forget the warmth. Her red dress with some yellow accents match the shawl bounded around her head. She has a microphone in her hand; she has a story to tell.
May 2015 - By Willem van de Put - Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza confirmed yesterday that he will be seeking a third term in office. Many Burundese protesters have demonstrated their discontent with what they see as a violation of the constitution. This legal argument seems to mask a deeper discontent with developments – or lack of development – in the 180th country out of the 186 on the 2014 Human Development Index. Tensions are high:
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10 miles is quite a distance, especially if you have to walk it. Most people have never even run such a distance. For some people finishing the “Dam tot Damloop” can be their biggest challenge, while others strive to break their personal record. Anyhow, running for HealthNet is a unique chance to push your boundaries.