Since 2010 vivo international cooperates with burundikids e.V. in Burundi.
burundikids e.V. is a politically and religiously independent association, which was founded in 2003 with the intention to make a better future possible for kids, adolescents and their families in Burundi.The focus is on projects regarding education and the fight against poverty and the assurance of fundamental needs of children and young adults. Another focus is on the support of girls. Find more information on www.burundikids.org.
The partner in Burundi is the „Fondation Stamm“, a politically and religiously independent, Burundian – and thus well connected and appreciated in the society- development agency, founded in 1999. They work with 170 employees in eight districts in Burundi concerning education, women’s and children’s rights, healthcare, environmental protection and rural development.
University of Bielefeld
In cooperation with the department for Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy at the University of Bielefeld with Prof. Dr. Frank Neuner in charge vivo international realises studies on traumatisation and treatment possibilities in conflict regions.
University of Konstanz
Since the foundation of vivo in 2001, the University of Konstanz remains a very important partner.
In cooperation with the department for Clinical Psychology, vivo pioneered the Psychotrauma Outpatient Clinic for Refugees, which focuses on research, integration and dissemination of knowledge about epidemiology, diagnostic, and psychological treatment for survivors of massive human rights abuse, organized violence, rape, torture, war and terror. The Psychotrauma Outpatient Clinic for Refugees defines itself as an independent institution, which fills the gap between research (University of Konstanz) and practise (vivo) by documenting and disseminating not only scientific information but also evidence-based treatment and counseling methods for clinical expert practitioners and field counselors.
University of Ulm
vivo international works together with the department for Clinical and Biological Psychology at the University of Ulm in Uganda, to get more insights into trauma therapy.
Aktion Mensch supports vivo’s work with traumatised refugees. In this project traumatised refugee women who are pregnant or mothers get psychological support and treatment.
Ein Herz für Kinder
Since 2005 vivo has been partnered with the German association “Ein Herz für Kinder”, which supports children in need internationally. The most important activities of “Ein Herz für Kinder” include education, supportive care, physical and mental health, fight against poverty, and environmental protection, as these topics are of primary concern to children who are often the most vulnerable in society. “Ein Herz für Kinder” essentially supported vivo’s international projects with school-aged children in Sri Lanka and with former child soldiers in Uganda.
European Refugee Fund
Since 2002 the European Refugee Fund is supporting vivo strongly and essentially sustains the scientific work of the Psychotrauma Outpatient Clinic for Refugees in Konstanz, Germany.
Within the scope of this cooperation, many cutting-edge research projects on PTSD and its consequences were realized, such as the examination of immunological impairment in PTSD patients, the investigation of transgenerational consequences of PTSD or the evaluation of trauma-focused therapy (Narrative Exposure Therapy).
Social Fund of the DR Congo
(Fonds Social de la République Democratique de Congo; FSRDC)
The project “Assurer la formation des formateurs sur l’approche NET dans la prise en charge en santé mentale des surviviants des VSBG” is a two-year project in the region of North and South Kivu, which is part of a four-year large-scale project of the FSRDC. The aim of the intervention is to train psychologists in narrative exposure therapy (NET) and to build a sustainable structure to treat victims of sexual gender based violence and to strengthen the health system of the region.
vivo international e.V. and the Swiss NGO Omoana started cooperating in Uganda in 2013. Since 2003 Omoana is supporting orphans in Uganda and has constantly advanced its program areas, that are ranging from microcredit programs for families in need, to scholarship programs, to an organic farming training center. In the course of their projects in Northern Uganda Omoana realized that suffering from mental health disorders prevented many of their beneficiaries from making full use of the support given. That is how a fruitful cooperation developed between Omoana and vivo’s outpatient clinic in Northern Uganda. Today our Ugandan therapists work hand in hand with Omoana and other local partners, like ACOT (African Child Outreach Trust) and contribute to the holistic care of beneficiaries and their families through adding the psychosocial component. Among others, vivo’s local therapists offer clinical diagnostics, trauma-therapy, crisis intervention (including suicidal crises), family mediation and counseling sessions.
United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNVFVT)
Since 2008, the UNVFVT provides financial resourses to support the Psychotrauma Outpatient Clinic for Victims of Torture in Konstanz, Germany, specifically for the purpose of psychological rehabilitation of victims of organized torture and violence, documentation of human rights abuse suffered by victims of extreme torture and advocacy for the elimination of such inhumane practice.
The International Bank for Development/The Worldbank
Since many years vivo cooperates with the worldbank, especially in the Great Lakes Region. The cooperation focuses mainly on gender-based violence, trauma therapy and reintegration of combatants and child soldiers.
Kidtrauma – Support for parents
The KidTrauma website was set up by vivo member Professor Markus Landolt from the University Children´s Hospital Zurich; he is also responsible for its content. Professor Landolt trained as a family and behavioral therapist and specializes in clinical work and research with traumatized children and their parents. He has published numerous papers on different topics in child psychotraumatology. Prof. Landolt is the author of a German book on child psychotraumatology and the editor of a handbook on child trauma therapy.
The contents of this website are based on scientific evidence and are intended to help parents to support their child in the first weeks after a traumatic event. The website doesn´t replace any professional advice or treatment.
Aktionsbündnis Seelische Gesundheit
Since 2011, vivo is partnered with the German association “Aktionsbündnis Seelische Gesundheit” (Alliance for mental health), which aims at an open and tolerant societal intercourse with mental health issues.
Next to several other collaborating organizations, vivo represents a key part in the network of Aktionsbündnis Seelische Gesundheit, which shares essential information about diagnostic, evidence-based intervention and social integration of people with impaired mental health and reduced psychological functioning.