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Trauma and Global Health Program Mandate


The ultimate objectives of the Trauma and Global Health Program (TGH) are the following:

  • to reduce the mental health burden of civilian populations exposed to protracted and endemic political violence and/or episodic natural disasters;
  • to foster the process of healing, psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery;
  • to generate improved mental health policies and services in the participating countries.

The TGH research program will contribute to rethinking humanitarian responses and strategies for healing and coping by moving beyond the narrow psychological focus to a wider perspective of the social and cultural context in which people live, cope with and recover from potentially traumatic experiences. In doing so, the research program will contribute to reassess humanitarian responses and strategies for prevention as well as healing and coping with trauma.

The TGH program's 3 main spheres of action are: