Preventing violence against children by combating parental alcohol abuse


VIVO Uganda


Gulu, Uganda

Main topic

Mental health

Total amount of the project

22 000 CHF


1 year

Number of beneficiaries

1'350 people

In northern Uganda, a conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the government army lasted from 1986 to 2006. 60,000 children were abducted, forced to fight or kill on the side of the rebels, and in some cases subjected to ongoing rape. The consequences for the mental health of individuals who have now become adults and parents are still being felt. In particular, there is a high prevalence of alcohol-related disorders and a lack of treatment options. This can lead to violence against the children of those affected.

Vivo Uganda’s project aims to prevent or reduce the risks associated with parents’ alcohol consumption by modifying their behavior. The result will be a reduction in violence against children in their homes.

The following activities are part of the project:

  • Medical and social care for people with dangerous, harmful or dependent alcohol consumption. This care will also have an indirect impact on their social environment.
  • Technical and psycho-educational awareness-raising on alcohol consumption and its consequences for village chiefs, presidents and community elders. These people, as well as the beneficiaries themselves, will then act as ambassadors, in turn raising awareness among their families and community members.

With the support of :

  • Fondation Philanthropique de la Famille Sandoz

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