South Sudan


Prily. Soetiman

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Committee: World Health Organization

Country: Republic of South Sudan

Delegate: Prily Gracia Elisabet Soetiman, Universitas Indonesia

Topic: Addressing Issues of  Mental Health in Areas of Conflict

“ You are not your illness, You have a name, a History, a Personality. Staying Yourself is part of the battle” - Julian Sefter

People who are affected by violent conflicts are far more likely to suffer from mental illnesses than those who are not. Around 15-20% of crisis-affected populations develop mild-to-moderate mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)[1]. These mental disorders affect their ability to function and survive on a daily basis.  

Since 2013, the ongoing hardships and violence associated with the conflict in South Sudan have had several pervasive effects on the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of the affected population[2], some of which are: first, the government is unable to focus on health care due to scarcity of resource and the destruction caused by war, and it makes the current provisi...