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2017 Psychosocial Support Forum kicks off in Arusha

East African Community Secretariat; Arusha, Tanzania; 04 September 2017:

A three-day Psychosocial Support Forum organised jointly by the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) kicked off at the EAC Headquarters today.

The forum which will run from 4th – 6th September, 2017 is being held under the theme “Equity, Equality for all Girls, Boys and Youth.”

The aim of the 2017 forum is to share knowledge and skills and to explore roles and strategic engagement (nationally, regionally and internationally) for PSS practitioners, to realise equity and equality of all girls, boys and youth.

The forum will focus on four Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely:

a) SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages;

b) SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities;

c) SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, and;

d) SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

PSS is a catalyst for the realisation of equity and equality in the daily lives of girls, boys and youth as it helps them to develop resilience and thrive.

Motivated communities and families play a central role in creating safe and conducive environments in which girls, boys and youth have equal chances to fulfil their potential, and contribute to society, are valued for who they are, are treated with respect, and live without discrimination, violence or abuse thereby achieving psychosocial and mental wellbeing.

Psychosocial and mental wellbeing enable children and youth to make decisions to protect themselves and those around them and be active members of their community.

This year’s forum has drawn more than 500 participants from regional and international organisations, representatives from regional economic communities, national governments, civil society, academia, community caregivers and the youth.

The event will include a Children’s Pre-forum that will bring together children and youth from East and Southern Africa to share knowledge, information, skills and experiences on issues which hinder or enhance their psychosocial and mental wellbeing.

The children’s representatives will be selected from children’s groups, Junior Parliaments, youth-led organisations and young people leading change at community level.

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Notes to Editor: 

REPSSI and its partners host a biannual forum to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of psychosocial support (PSS) and to share knowledge on approaches to providing it. The PSS Forum is an established platform to share knowledge on research, practice and policy impact on the provision of PSS to children and youth so that they realize their potential.

The last PSS forum was held in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe was attended by 399 people (186 men and 213 women) from 28 countries. The forum considered issues and responses for children in intimacy, childhood and adolescence, as well as primary or family caregivers, secondary caregivers or the social service workforce.

For more information, please contact:

Mr Owora Richard Othieno
Head, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Department
EAC Secretariat
Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255 784 835021
Email: OOthieno [at]


About the East African Community Secretariat:

The East African Community (EAC) is a regional intergovernmental organisation of five Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania.


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