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Ideas Box: an innovating psychosocial tool for emergency situations - impact study in the Kavumu and Bwagirisa camps - Burundi

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1. SUMMARY

Deployed in Burundi for over a year now, the Ideas Box is facing real success. Use and community interest for the device are continuously on the rise.

The mid-term impact report published in the summer of 2014 highlighted early trends after six months of observation. One of the main recommandations of this study was the organisation of a psychosocial assessment of the Ideas Box on Congolese populations living in refugee camps in Burundi.

This is the purpose of the present assessment conducted by the psychiatrist Christian Lachal, a mental health and posttraumatic stress disorders expert in humanitarian contexts. Based on more than a hundred individual and group interviews, as well as Ideas Box user attendance figures, this assessment provides evidence of significant impacts of the Ideas Box on at least three aspects:

» Support for post-traumatic stress disorder

» Strengthening peace and reducing community tensions

» Information security and risk prevention from rumors and misinformation