Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) Project

Start Date: September 2020End Date: August 2024
Donor: ElrhaAward Value: USD 225,293

Province: Luapula; District: Nchelenge
SDG: 3|Good Health and Wellbeing
Implementing Partners: Women in Law and Development in Africa, University of Colombia, John Hopkins University, Ministry of Health, and University of Zambia

Brief Description: Refugees are frequently prone to alcohol and drug abuse, but rarely seek out or receive Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services. This interventions is evaluating the effectiveness and implementation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) approach for Congolese refugees and host community members in need of AOD services living in Mantapala, an integrated settlement in northern Zambia. After evaluating the effectiveness of the SBIRT approach, the project will explore pathways to potentially scale-up this approach in an affordable and sustainable manner. To date the project has successfully trained 6 clinical supervisors, 8 SBIRT counsellors, and 4 Community Organizers/Recruiters.