Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI)

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The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) supports policy development and provides technical support for the improvement of psychosocial wellbeing and mental wellness of children and young people to mitigate the negative impact of HIV and AIDS, poverty, and other vulnerabilities. It provides technical assistance to governments and non-governmental organizations to integrate and implement psychosocial support into social services, health and education in East and southern Africa.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Communauté de développement d'Afrique australe (SADC)

Maladies sexuellement transmissibles (y compris VIH/sida)
Santé & droits reproductives
Politique d'éducation
Santé mentale & bien-être
01.01.2016 - 30.06.2021
CHF  7’602’000

Since 2001, new HIV infections are declining in the East and southern African region (ESA)1 and AIDS related mortality has been declining since the increase in Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) provision. But the good story has not been realised for children and adolescents. For adolescents who know their HIV status and who can access treatment, challenges such as disclosure, stigma and discrimination and adherence to treatment continue. AIDS-related deaths have increased among children and adolescents 10 to 19 years. In addition, deepening poverty, food insecurity, high unemployment and increasing burden of disease has compromised the support systems provided by families and communities. Psychosocial support is therefore critical to addressing the barriers to HIV treatment and prevention among children youth and families and for improving self-esteem. It is also seen as key in enhancing health and education outcomes.


To improve the psychosocial and mental wellbeing of vulnerable girls, boys, and young people. Through the integration of psychosocial support into policies and programs, improved outcomes will be realised in HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care as well as the protection programs for girls, boys and young people.

Groupes cibles


  • Boys and girls and young people (age group =?)
  • Their families, and communties

Target groups

  • Teachers, care givers, community workers
  • National NGO networks at national and regionallevels
  • SADC member states
Effets à moyen terme
  • Increased capacity of partners to implement psychosocial support through specific projects, based on the context of each country.
  • Psychosocial support is integrated into regional and national programmes and policies of social services, health and education and reaches approximately 2 million children and young people.
  • Psychosocial support knowledge is generated through research and informs advocacy and programme delivery.
  • The African Psychosocial Support Institute is established.
  • REPSSI is restructured and effective to achieveits mission and resources are diversified.

Principaux résultats attendus:  

  • Appx 1 million children can access annually psychosocial support through health, social services and education programs.
  • 6 southern African countries have National Plans of Action (NPA) for children that include PSS with budgets.
  • Academic institutions in 74 countries will partner with REPSSI to deliver the CBWCY Certificate Program.
  • OVCY Policy, Practice and Budget Analysis of ministries conducted in 6 countries.
  • About 6000 students will graduate of the Community Based Work with Children and Youth Certificate Program.
  • 3'750 social services, health and education professionals, para-professionals and volunteers will be trained through REPSSl short courses.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • Psychosocial support is integrated within the policies and programmes in Education (2countries), Health (2 countries) and Social Services (6 countries) in ESA.
  • About 7’500 community care workers and 125 civil society partner organisations were trained and empowered to provide PSS to about 2 million children per annum.
  • In 2012, the Ministers of Children and Youth of the SADC region adopted the Psychosocial Support Framework to guide the implementation of PSS in the region. At least 6 countries have begun implementing the framework through national policies and programmes.
  • The Community Based Work with Children and Youth Certificate Programme was developed by REPSSI. It is now delivered in partnership with academic institutions in 73 countries, with 3000 graduates in 12 countries of ESA.

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
  • Sectreur privé étranger Sud/Est

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs
  • Ministries and government departments in 12 countries of the region where REPSSI is active.
  • Media in Education Trust Africa, (MiETA) and other non-governmental organisations
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    7’602’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    7’069’395
Phases du projet

Phase 5 01.01.2016 - 30.06.2021   (Completed)

Phase 4 01.05.2012 - 31.12.2015   (Completed)