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Nieuwsbrief Januari 2013

Dear all,

The year 2012 is coming to an end already. While the cliché says that time seems to fly, this does not hold true for those of us that seem to be stuck in endless cycles of poverty where much wanted change is difficult to achieve. When looking at the situation of the poorest groups in Cambodia this certainly seems to be so. In the north-western part of the country we are helping local NGOs in their search for more effective interventions to stop violence. The level of violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups such as the mentally and physically handicapped is stunning. Violence is not limited to husbands who are desperate because they cannot find ways to make an income and support their families, start drinking and beat up their wives. Daily violence is also in structures that dominate society. Where conflict has destroyed those parts of local culture and tradition that protect the vulnerable, people suffer the consequences of greed in the new type of economic wilderness that often comes with rebuilding society.

In this newsletter you’ll find some examples of how we try to mitigate these effects. Building mutual trust is a condition for rebuilding a safe society, which is what needs to be done in Burundi and Sudan. In Asia, HealthNet TPO works together with e number of first class research institutes to come to the most effective way of extending mental health services. These activities in the field are supported by a board that is strengthened with the entry of a new treasurer, Jaap Gelderloos. We hope you will enjoy the update!

Best wishes,

Plans for 2013

lead imageWhat are our plans for 2013? Unfortunately there is still enough to be done in the field of development aid and health. HealthNet TPO’s mission is to enhance the ability of communities in fragile countries to better manage and maintain their own health and wellbeing. We will continue to do so.

Evaluating the Community Systems Strengthening approach in Burundi

lead imageHealthNet TPO works on a new “Community Systems Strengthening approach” (CSS) to empower people to restore social cohesion/trust and building their capacity to take charge of their own health and well-being. What are the results so far? Natassia Brenman conducted a first evaluation.

HealthNet TPO in two new international consortia for mental health

lead imageRecently HealthNet TPO joined two new consortia, which now makes us a partner in three international research consortia; PRIME, EMERALD and mhBF. The aim is to develop and research feasible and effective strategies for the integration of mental health into community and primary health care.

DCR Knowledge Network: field visit to South Sudan

lead imageAs part of the programme of the Dutch Consortium for Rehabilitation, our colleague Saskia Nijhof coordinates the Knowledge Network. The purpose of this Knowledge Network is to effectively formulate lessons learned and to help put these lessons into practice in ongoing work. Saskia recently travelled to South Sudan for a field visit.

Board HealthNet TPO welcomes new treasurer

lead imageAs from 19 December, the board of HealthNet TPO will officially have a new treasurer. Jaap Gelderloos is an accountant who has worked for KPMG for almost 25 years as an auditor and later partner. We welcome Jaap Gelderloos to HealthNet TPO!




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