For some people, the camp is the only home they have known for nearly 20 years. As a result, they have become long-stayers, without access to jobs and other income generating activities to rebuild their lives. This community has an increasing risk of distress, a feeling of hopelessness and anxiety.
Having faced stressful events in their home countries, they are also at risk of developing mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and chronic stress. MSF conducted an assessment of Tongogara Refugee Camp which revealed that, despite the availability of basic services in the camp, mental health support remains a priority.
MSF runs a mental health program at Tongogara Refugee Camp, which seeks to strengthen refugees’ resilience and coping mechanisms with the provision of psychological first aid, the formation of support groups, and the use of psychosocial support activities including sewing clubs and sports games.