The new REPSSI newsletter is out for June, looking at changing behaviours and transforming attitudes. From men getting involved in childcare, to increasing child participation, to shifting approaches to death, inheritance and adoption – psychosocial support has the potential to help individuals and communities identify how their behaviour affects children. Read how in our latest newsletter.
“Just over ten years ago, a concerned group of practitioners, children, youth, partners, managers, and academics came together in Masiye, Zimbabwe. They were from organisations responding to the crisis of orphaned and vulnerable children in the region due to HIV and AIDS, and they met to discuss the social and emotional needs of these children, and how best to address them.
Supported by a trio of funding partners (the Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation, the Swedish International Development Agency, and the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development) this group established the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative.
A decade later, REPSSI has developed, tested and published a range of manuals and tools on psychosocial support, become an official partner to SADC, and assisted NGOs and governments across the region to improve their services for over five million children collectively.
In this issue we look at the successes of our partners in using psychosocial to bring about transformation and change. You can also read about our plans for celebrating ten years of joint work for the wellbeing of children.”
– Noreen M. Huni
REPSSI Executive Director