Social Emotional & Economic Empowerment of Depressed HIV Persons Through Knowledge of Group Support Psychotherapy (SEEK-GSP) is a project that empowers depressed people living with HIV/AIDS socially, emotionally and economically in the 3 districts of Northern Uganda (Gulu, Kitgum and Pader) to leave better lives. The project works in collaboration with several organizations with similar objectives so as to widen the scope and scale of work thereby driving positive transformation in the society.
Lay health workers (Community Health Workers and Village Health Team members) were trained and are delivering this service to the people in the different villages within the stated districts using the Group Support Psychotherapy (GSP) approach. The project seeks to impart community members with livelihood skills as well as economic skills to assist them in setting up income generating activities so they can live productively as well as improve their standards of living. They'll be offered business skills as well as promote savings culture among them and this will help them handle their daily needs.
SEEK-GSP is jointly being funded by Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) an organization funded by the government of Canada which is dedicated to supporting bold ideas with big impact in global health and MQ Transforming Mental Health which is an organization that is determined to support much-needed research into mental health. The implementating organizations include; Makerere University-Kampala (MUK), Ministry of Health (MOH) and The Aids Support Organization (TASO).
The major beneficiaries of the the project are people living with HIV/AIDS who are to be treated for major depression mainly using Group Support Psychotherapeutic interventions(GSP). The project is being implemented within 3 districts of Gulu, Pader and Kitgum in Northern Uganda. The lay health workers for the project who will offer support to the beneficiaries in the villages will be district Community health workers and Village Health Team members.