UNDP in the Kyrgyz Republic jointly with the Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences is conducting a series of trainings on providing first psychological aid to the victims of COVID-19.  

The current COVID-19 pandemic has undermined not only the physical health of our citizens, but it has also increased psychological suffering – grief from the loss of loved ones, isolation, uncertainty, and fear for the future.  Among the most vulnerable groups of people are women, the elderly, adolescents and young people, people with pre-existing mental health disorders and those who are at the epicenter of the crisis.

WHAT: A series of trainings will help to improve the knowledge of psychotherapists and psychologists in the field of diagnostics and therapy for providing first psychological aid to the victims of COVID-19. The training program is divided into four components:

- Mental disorders that occur in emergency situations;

- Diagnostics, therapy, prevention of mental disorders in late-aged people in emergency situations;

- Children in emergency situations: medical and socio-psychological consequences of emergency situations for children and adolescents;

- Diagnostics, therapy, prevention of mental disorders of women in emergency situations.

WHO: among the participants will be representatives of the mental health service under the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, practicing psychotherapists and psychologists, senior students of medical institutions. Trainings are conducted by psychotherapists and psychologists from Russia.

WHEN: from August 25 to September 17, 2020.

Background:

In 2015, the Trust Fund "Russian Federation – UNDP for development" was established, which is a sustainable financial mechanism for providing assistance to the CIS countries. The Trust Fund is implementing a regional project "Knowledge Management and Capacity Development within the framework of the partnership between Russia and UNDP", the main goal of which is capacity building for achieving sustainable development through using the knowledge and experience of the Russian Federation’s academic institutions and expertise.

The Russian experts on Demand Programme is a part of the regional project “Knowledge Management” and aims to provide an instrument for knowledge and know-how transfer via the rapid deployment of Russian experts for on-demand small-scale interventions and consultancies and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing through mentorship.

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