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Noteworthy news announcements 2009-2015

September 20, 2015. Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 7th Annual Friends of Peter Alderman Walk. Over 200 attendees enjoyed a lovely walk at Fenway Golf Club  followed by a BBQ, carnival games, bouncy castles, face painting and much more!

July 2015. PCAF hosted its Eighth Annual Pan-African Conference on Psychotrauma, entitled “Trauma and Mental Health Across the Lifespan” in Nairobi, Kenya.

May 13, 2015.  PCAF and Fusion PPT partnered to develop an electronic medical tablet for use in Ugandan mental health clinics.

April 13, 2015. PCAF held its annual benefit at The St. Regis New York. NBC news anchor Erica Hill was our MC for the event. Edie Lutnick, philanthropist and author received the 2015 Humanitarian Award and Dr. Alex Adaku, psychiatrist at PCAF’s trauma clinic in Soroti, Uganda was recognized with the Sarlo Award.

March 31, 2015. Research done at a PCAF Clinic, will be featured in The Lancet HIV. Group support psychotherapy (GSP) significantly improves the benefits of existing HIV educational interventions in HIV care services, according to research led by a team affiliated PCAF. The results of the research, which was funded by the government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada, were reported in the March 31, 2015 issue of The Lancet HIV, the online journal dedicated to delivering original research that advocates change in or illuminates HIV clinical practice. GSP is culturally-sensitive intervention that treats depression by enhancing social support, teaching coping and income-generating skills.

March 20, 2015. PCAF donor and partner Fondation d’Harcourt traveled to Uganda and they published a positive blog describing their experiences. Please click here to read this wonderful account of Fondation d’Harcourt’s visit.

October 10, 2014. Today is World Mental Health Day! Please read our 2014 Annual Newsletter to see what PCAF is doing to advance the cause of global mental health.

July 2014. PCAF hosted its Seventh Annual Pan-African Conference on Psychotrauma entitled “Trauma and Community Mental Health” in Mbarare, Uganda. Click here for the abstract book and program.

June 2014. Announcing Volume 3, No. 2 of The African Journal of Traumatic Stress (AJTS). Click here to read.

May 2, 2014. PCAF, in partnership with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Publich Health, hosted a day-long seminar entitled “Preventing Brain Disorders: Improving Mental Health” at the Columbia University Medical Center on May 2, 2014.

April 28, 2014. PCAF held its annual benefit at The Pierre in New York City. NBC news anchor Erica Hill was our MC for the event. Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, humanitarian and author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow received the 2014 Humanitarian Award and Dr. James Okello, child psychiatrist at PCAF’s trauma clinic in Gulu, Uganda was recognized with the Sarlo Award.

April 1, 2014. Dr. Etheldreda Nakimuli-Mpungu, formerly PCAF Director of Research, has stepped up to the position of Africa Program Director and Uganda Director. Dr.  Mpungu, a Ugandan psychiatrist who received her PhD in psychiatry from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010, will be assisted by Dr. Raymond Odokonyero, PCAF Kitgum supervising psychiatrist, as Deputy Director.

January 1, 2014: Wietse Tol, PhD, the Dr. Ali & Rose Kawi Assistant Professor of Global Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, became PCAF’s new Program Director. Dr. Tol’s areas of focus include: (1) the interplay between research and practice in strengthening programs for populations exposed to adversity (violence, chronic poverty) in low- and middle-income countries; and (2) mental health prevention and promotion interventions in these settings.

Dr. Tol has conducted qualitative and quantitative research with violence-affected child and adult populations in Nepal, Burundi, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste. He has regularly consulted with United Nations and (international) non-governmental organizations with regard to needs assessment, intervention development, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation. His research has been published in leading journals, including the Lancet, JAMA, and PLoS Medicine. Dr. Tol is currently based in Uganda. We look forward to the great talent, experience and insight that he will bring to PCAF.

Aldermans Receive the Liberty Medal
October 17, 2012. Liz and Steve Alderman were awarded the Liberty Medal by the New York Post for their lifetime achievements.

New PCAF Clinics Open in Kibera and Bong County
May 2012. PCAF opened a new clinic service in Kibera, Nairobi to provide trauma care at the Woodley Clinic, an urban maternal and child health facility.

January 17, 2012. PCAF announced the opening of a Wellness Clinic at Phebe Hospital in Bong County. This mental health care training clinic for Liberian healthcare workers is the first of its kind.

Aldermans Receive Presidential Citizen Medal
October 12, 2011. President Barack Obama awarded Liz and Steve Alderman the 2011 Citizens Medal at a ceremony at the White House. The Citizens Medal recognizes U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.

Documentary About PCAF Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival
April 26, 2011. Love Hate Love premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Featuring the Aldermans and PCAF, this inspirational documentary examines the journeys of three families torn apart by acts of terrorism as they struggle to pick up the pieces, build legacies of loved ones lost, and make sure love triumphs over hatred. Executive produced by Sean Penn and directed by award-winning directors Dana Nachman and Don Hardy.

John Snow Case Study Published by AIDSTAR-One and USAID
April 22, 2011. AIDSTAR-One and USAID published a case study conducted by John Snow International on PCAF’s work in Northern Uganda entitled Prioritizing HIV in Mental Health Services Delivered in Post-Conflict Settings.

Aldermans Awarded the Purpose Prize
October 26, 2009. Liz and Steve Alderman were awarded the Purpose Prize for outstanding social innovation from Civic Ventures in San Francisco. For more about the Purpose Prize: see Encore: Work That Matters in the Second Half of Life, or watch the video.