The mission of the Peter C. Alderman Foundation (PCAF) is to heal the emotional wounds of victims of terrorism and mass violence by training indigenous health workers and establishing trauma treatment systems in post-conflict countries around the globe.
The Problem: One billion people, a sixth of the world’s population, have directly experienced torture, terrorism or mass violence through civil war, ethnic cleansing or genocide. The victims are often left with lifelong mental disabilities preventing them from working, caring for their families, and leading productive lives. Untreated, the magnitude of the problem extends into the next generation and beyond.
The Solution: The solution is to create a sustainable, culturally effective mental healthcare system. Through expert professional training of indigenous caregivers, 90% of the victims of global terrorism and mass violence suffering from traumatioc depression and PTSD can be returned to productive lives.
The Peter C. Alderman Foundation: Foundation-trained doctors and Foundation-run clinics have reached over 100,000 people suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from terrorism and mass violence.
The Peter C. Alderman Master Class, created in partnership with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, provides local caregivers in post-conflict countries with the tools to treat their victimized populations.
Peter C. Alderman East Africa Initiative: The cornerstone of this initiative is an annual conference, now in its second year, which has trained more than 216 doctors and health care professionals in the treatment of traumatic depression and PTSD. Participants have come from countries include Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Peter C. Alderman Clinics treat victims suffering from traumatic depression and PTSD with culturally appropriate, evidence-based therapy. Working in public/private partnership with local governments, medical schools and religious institutions. PCAF clinics serve as a model for global replication. To date, PCAF Clinics are in:
Cambodia: Siem Reap (2005), Soutr Nikum (2006).
Uganda: Tororo (2007), Gulu (2008), Kitgum (2009).
Rwanda: PCAF has joined with Partners in Health at the invitation of the government of Rwanda to establish trauma treatment clinics in Rwinkwavu, Kirehe and Butaro.
Haiti: PCAF partners with PIH in Haiti to supply mental health services to Partners in Health programs serving one million people.