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Peru : Minsa provides psychosocial support to family members of victims disappeared due to political violence in Ayacucho.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) in coordination with the Regional Directorate of Health (Diresa) of Ayacucho provides, through its Community Mental Health Centers, psychosocial support to the families of people disappeared by political violence, which occurred between 1980 and 2000 in Ayacucho.

This accompaniment consists in strengthening intrafamily relations by providing them with emotional stability to reduce psychosocial risks in family members during the exhumation, assembly and delivery of remains and burial of the victims, in coordination with the prosecution at the regional level, said Yuri Cutip, Director Mental Health Executive of the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

This is possible thanks to the fact that in Ayacucho the Minsa has implemented Community Mental Health Centers (CSMC) in Puquio, Huanta, Huamanga, San Francisco and Cangallo (Morochucos).

So far this year, we actively participated in 169 processes, thus supporting 1,200 direct and indirect relatives of the Tambo and Husca, Pucarahuayco, Balcon, Chocces Pampas, Qarhupampa, Vinchos-Qsanqay, Huamanga, Huanta, Uchuraccay, Chuyas communities , Andamarca, Mollebamba, Antaccasa, Huayrapampa, La Mar Tingy, Ocomamba, Chincheros and Oronccoy. The most frequent sufferings of relatives of victims of political violence are: depressive disorders, psychosis, anxiety disorder, alcohol use disorders and behavioral disorders.


The mental health professionals of the CSMC of Morochucos moved to the community of Oronccoy (Ayacucho) to perform group interventions with emotional support psychotherapeutic techniques, based on the love of life, forgiveness and family bonding to the relatives of victims of political violence

In addition, they provided psychosocial support during the identification process of the victims and the assembly of the 64 remains found in the area, of which 17 were recognized. Accompaniment was also given during the funeral to close the duel as part of life. It should be noted that the mental health professionals of the CSMC Morochucos provided in Oronccoy specialized individual care for moderate and / or severe cases and linked the mild cases with the health network of the first level of care.

In addition, they provided technical assistance for group interventions such as: informational meetings, organization of social support networks, psychoeducation, recreational exercises of body movement with the purpose of reducing anxiety, managing emotion control, expressing feelings, therapeutic circle, cognitive blockages and accompaniment during the wake. Within the framework of the new Law No. 30947- Mental Health Law, Minsa has been working for the recovery of the mental health of the most distant and vulnerable communities, with a focus on community care, as well as respect for human rights and the dignity of the person, without discrimination, and the intercultural approach, without stigmatization for those with mental health problems.

In that sense, Minsa makes available to the population the CSMC, which are specialized health centers that carry out activities for the specialized outpatient care of people with mental disorders and / or psychosocial problems to the population of their jurisdiction. The CSMC guarantee the continuity of care, providing home care if the condition requires it and provides clinical psychosocial support to the assistance or community services that are in their assigned territory, promoting the active participation of the family and the community, said Yuri Cutip, Executive Director of Mental Health at Minsa.

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Date:Aug 16, 2019
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