As an organization working on issues of emotional and mental health with a special focus on gender; violence against women, children, and the youth; and the reproductive health of adolescents, Rozan contributes significantly towards the attainment of the United Nation''s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly in the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Rozan activities include capacity building, training, advocacy, and awareness raising programs.
Rozan has specific programs that work towards the MDGs:
Rozan''s gender resource and training centre, Pehchaan , works on gender awareness and provides gender sensitization to all segments of society. It also serves as the national secretariat of a national network of gender trainers, Mubariza, produces educational material, and convenes national and regional forums to stimulate, discuss, and debate on issues from a gender perspective.
Rozan''s Zeest program provides much-needed psychological counseling to the survivors of violence against women. It also offers specialized trainings on counseling skills and sensitization to issues of violence and mental health to other service providers. One of Zeest''s unique initiatives, aimed at empowering the survivors of violence, was a consultation process with service providers that led to the formulation of ethical guidelines for the protection of dignity and the rights of the survivors of violence.
Adolescent Reproductive Health (ARH) is a neglected area in Pakistan and there is a serious dearth of information and services on it. Started as a free telephonic counseling service for youngsters dealing emotional and mental health issues, Rozan''s Youth Helpline , in its second phase, now encompasses the critical issues of ARH including HIV/AIDS concerns. YHL provides a number of services that include telephonic counseling to adolescents, trainings to individuals and groups dealing with adolescents, awareness raising programs (in person as well as on radio and television), and educational material on reproductive health.
Rozan''s police training program, Rabta , has been working in partnership with the police for the last five years in an effort to sensitize them to community issues, especially those concerning women and children. Currently, the program is exploring the institutionalization of its work into the police force curricula.
Rozan''s program for children, Aangan , serves as a training and resource centre on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Moreover, it has introduced a life skills curriculum -- incorporating gender, body protection, tolerance, and communication skills -- into select government schools in partnership with the Federal Directorate of Education.
Psychosocial First Aid Program
While providing psychosocial first aid support to victims of the 8th October earthquake, Rozan realized that a great deal more needed to be done for the victims of this traumatic event. As a result, Rozan expanded its psychosocial first aid initiative into Project Umeed: an intensive, six-month long program designed to train, supervise, and support relief workers working in camps in the northern areas of Pakistan.
Umeed was a joint project of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) with professional support from Rozan. The project aimed to empower the affected communities of the NWFP by facilitating their psychosocial recovery, well-being, and rehabilitation.
Since the completion of the project in May 2006, psychosocial support activities for earthquake survivors, with an additional focus on gender perspectives, have been absorbed into Rozan''s Zeest program. Details of that are available on the Zeest program page.
The two major objectives of Umeed were:
1. To create fora within the affected communities aimed at providing psychosocial support and facilitating psychosocial rehabilitation through:
Psychosocial education on disasters, their effects on individuals and communities
Building survivors'' self-esteem and self-confidence
Providing psychosocial first aid and peer support
Developing coping skills in adults and children, through group sessions
Mobilizing communities towards self-help, independence and participatory action
Capacity-building of community
2. To build the capacity of other organizational staff/volunteers (relief workers, health professionals, field workers, teachers, etc) in managing their own stress and providing psychosocial support.
Relief Camp Activities
Rozan staff and Rozan-trained Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) staff conducted a range of activities in the following relief camps:
Maira Tent Village (and surrounding areas of Battgram)
Havalian Tent Village (and Balakot)
Garhi Habibullah Tent Village (and surrounding areas)
H-11 Tent Village , Islamabad
The various activities conducted included the following:
A) Social activities
Skill development sessions
B) Psychosocial education group sessions
One-off sessions for the community on:
Disasters and their effects
Coping with disasters and rehabilitation
Children''s and adolescents'' psychosocial education and coping groups: a five session group work programme on:
Feelings after disaster
Understanding and dealing with difficult feelings after a disaster
Ways of coping
A three session group work programme for parents on:
Children''s coping groups -- what to expect
Children''s reactions to disasters
Ways of helping children cope
Professional Training Workshops
Additionally, Umeed conducted two kinds of professional-level workshops. These included:
1. Orientations for volunteers (in the form of a 5 hour long session) to equip them to provide basic level psychosocial first aid support to children and women in shelters and camps around Islamabad .
2. Psychosocial support training workshops for the staff and volunteers (i.e. relief workers, community/field workers, nurses, teachers, etc.) of various other organizations. These workshops, which ran from 1-5 days, depending on the needs identified, covered:
Sensitivity to issues and needs of affected communities
Psychosocial first aid
Psychosocial support interventions
Stress management for staff/volunteers (relief workers, field staff, medical staff, teachers, etc.)
Referral identification for individuals requiring more intensive support
A total of 38 trainings have been conducted since the launch of the project and 835 professionals have been trained.
Rozan developed a range of materials for its relief activities:
Two detailed training manuals for use with the affected community by the PRCS psychosocial support field officers. PRCS field officers were then trained on how to use the manuals and the modules in it. The first manual contained 8 modules and the second manual contained 5 modules. The second manual is currently being run by PRCS field officers in the community.
Pictorial, safety and feelings cards, special boxes and puppets as well as flyers and brochures to be used by PRCS field officers in the psychosocial support educational groups with adults and children.
Educational material for use in children''s psychosocial support educational group.
A ''Checklist to Facilitate Gender Sensitivity of Relief and Reconstruction Efforts for Survivors of the Earthquake in Pakistan '' was developed in collaboration with UNFPA.