An increase in the number of coronavirus cases has led to an increase in the number of individuals who require mental health support. CVICT with support of the UNFPA over the last few months has organized several online virtual sessions on Psychological First Aid to its entire staff in 4 districts of Far western Nepal (Achham, Bajhang, Baitadi, Bajura). Community Psycho social Workers (CPSWs) have been mobilized in the field. In addition, they are orienting the community about high risk of probable Gender Based Violence during time of crisis. Currently 50 CPSWs have been working actively in the field. During the lock down period, they prevented 13 child marriages with the coordination of local government in project districts. Similarly, CPSWs supported 32 cases to get citizenship, 33 birth registrations, and mediated 14 cases to get a disabled identity card for social security. 10 pregnant women received dignity kits with the help of CPSWs. 121 women in quarantine received psychosocial first aid support by CPSWs. Likewise, district wise counseling group pages have been formed through which ways for stress management are provided. We have also started telephone counseling services to support people in quarantine of other countries as well.
CPSWs orienting mothers group about GBV in crisis during lockdown at Bajhang
CPSWs distributing dignity kit to pregnant women during lockdown period.
Similarly, CVICT is responsible for operation and management of safe house in four districts. The number of cases of gender-based violence has increased in various districts of Nepal during and after the lockdown resulting in increased flow of cases in safe house. To address the need of security and better performance in service, a meeting was held with district coordination committee in Baitadi with objective of smooth operation and service delivery to GBV survivors under supervision and guidance of local level. All safe houses have been designed with isolation bed for corona suspicious GBV survivor. Besides this, hand washing, sanitation and maintaining social distance is being followed in supervision of safe house counselor and warden.