Psychosocial Support

Acid attacks come with adverse physical, psychological and economic consequences. Survivors therefore need maximum psychosocial support to rebuild their lives. Survivors registered with ASFU access free counseling services throughout the rehabilitation phase. The Psychosocial team of social workers and peer counselors conduct counseling sessions during hospital and home visits. Hospital visits enable social workers to monitor survivors' medical condition while home visits are conducted after the survivor has been re-settled in the community. During home visits, counselors work with survivors and family members to identify challenges and coping mechanisms which can be adopted. Key community members are also involved in this process to ensure that the survivor has a strong support system.

In 2013, 41 survivors were visited in hospital while 13 at home.

The Peer Counselor
counsels a patient in hospital

The Peer Counselor
visits a patient in hospital

The Psychosocial Officer
visits a survivor at home