The Problem: One billion people, a sixth of the world’s population, have directly experienced torture, terrorism or mass violence through civil war, ethnic cleansing or genocide. The victims are often left with lifelong mental disabilities preventing them from working, caring for their families, and leading productive lives. Untreated, the magnitude of the problem extends into the next generation and beyond.
The Solution: The solution is to create a sustainable, culturally effective mental healthcare system. Through expert professional training of indigenous caregivers, 90% of the victims of global terrorism and mass violence suffering from traumatic depression and PTSD can be returned to productive lives.
The Peter C. Alderman Foundation: Foundation-trained doctors and Foundation-run clinics have reached over 100,000 people suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from terrorism and mass violence.
Conferences & Trainings
The Peter C. Alderman Pan-Africa Conference on Psychotrauma, is the region’s only multi-disciplinary conference on psychological trauma in war-affected societies. The conference features plenary sessions, workshops and trainings by some of the world’s foremost experts in global mental health. Past conferences have been held in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
The Peter C. Alderman Master Class, created in partnership with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, provides local caregivers in post-conflict countries with the tools to treat their victimized populations.
Peter C. Alderman Clinics treat victims suffering from traumatic depression and PTSD with culturally appropriate, evidence-based therapy. Working in public/private partnership with local governments, medical schools and religious institutions. PCAF clinics serve as a model for global replication. To date, PCAF Clinics are in:
Cambodia: Siem Reap (2005), Soutr Nikum (2006)
Uganda: Tororo (2007, moved to Soroti in 2011), Gulu (2008), Kitgum (2009), Arua (2010), Soroti (2011)
Liberia: Bong County (2011)
Kenya: Kibera (2012)
One billion people, a sixth of the world’s population, have directly experienced torture, terrorism or mass violence through civil war, ethnic cleansing or genocide.