Defending vulnerability

Our project focus

From aid for the victims of torture through support for traumatised refugees to work with abused women. medico has long been committed to recognising the effects on individuals of massive social exclusion and violence as being a separate element in project promotion, and opposes attempts to treat this as a medical condition of the individual. Psychological disturbances are human reactions to inhuman experiences. It is necessary to create protected spaces where people can regain their dignity and ability to act in an atmosphere of empathy, trust and respect.

Lecture Series 21/22

Troubling Psyche[s] - Affects and Struggles in the Pandemic

We are looking forward to discuss with: Cinzia Arruzza [USA], Clemencia Corea [MEX], Elsa Dorlin [FRA], Tobias Matzner [GER], Verónica Gago [ARG], Nadia…

Global Feminisms

Protest meets pandemic

March 8 confirmed it once again: Feminism is a truly global movement. This also means that its differences should be understood. They are more visible than ever in the pandemic. By Julia Manek. Read more

Afghanistan

Bottom-up reconciliation

In this traumatised and fragmented country, AHRDO insists that peace has to be based on justice and a voice for all. Read more

South Africa

Breaking the Walls of Trauma Counselling

A critical analysis of the models and diagnoses of trauma on the basis of the work at the SCPS, Johannesburg. Read more

Psychosocial Work

Globalization and Its Discontents

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second most common illness worldwide. Read more

Global Feminisms

Protest meets pandemic

March 8 confirmed it once again: Feminism is a truly global movement. This also means that its differences should be understood. They are more visible than ever in the pandemic. By Julia Manek. Read more

South Africa

Breaking the Walls of Trauma Counselling

A critical analysis of the models and diagnoses of trauma on the basis of the work at the SCPS, Johannesburg. Read more

Afghanistan

Bottom-up reconciliation

In this traumatised and fragmented country, AHRDO insists that peace has to be based on justice and a voice for all. Read more

Psychosocial Work

Globalization and Its Discontents

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020 depression will be the second most common illness worldwide. Read more

Projects – Projections

All articles on the topic of psychosocial work

20.11.2014 Guidelines for psychosocial work

What should therapy, psychosocial aid and emancipatory psychosocial work look like? How can we make room for attentive relationships that are based on mutual aid and help individuals and groups to refuse the commodification of their illness?

04.06.2013 Theatre of the Oppressed

Bisharat, Zaman and Fatima grew up in Pakistan as refugees from their war-torn country. Fortunately for them, they were not educated in one of the Qur'an schools which the Taliban still use to recruit their next generation. When the three returned to...

01.06.2013 New approaches for the new generation

'Before, I hardly ever talked, today you can hardly stop me,' says Kenneth. He works as a social worker in Managua's poverty districts for a small organisation which helps residents organise themselves. As one of 100 young people, he participated in...

18.05.2013 Struggles for solar plants, farmland and freedom

In several important project regions, medico maintains its own offices to coordinate projects and service partnerships. Three office directors describe what they considered the most impressive local events in 2012.

01.05.2013 The anxiety in the wake of globalisation

Economisation of life worlds is resulting in increasing mental suffering worldwide. Social problems are often individualised in the process, classified as mental illness and treated with drugs. Emancipatory psychosocial work is a critical challenge to these tendencies. The medico international symposium in May 2012 provided an opportunity for thoughtful discussion.

25.09.2012 Deportees fight against their stigmatization and the asylum policy of the EU

Stigmatization and discrimination of deportees has for a long time made the discourse on deportation a taboo in Sierra Leone. Those deported simply withdraw from society fearing provocation and false accusation from their friends and even family members

20.08.2012 Guatemala: medico partners focus on deep-rooted violence and racism

As in the postwar years in Germany, many in the Central American nation of Guatemala would like to forget the past. The rich families in particular, who had always ruled the country with brutal force, are living in a sanitised parallel universe. They...

15.09.2011 Against the cycle of poverty and violence

Sinani, which has been one of medico’s project partners for many years, grew out of a group of committed psychologists who provide therapeutic support to prisoners and torture victims of the apartheid regime. SINANI’s work in marginalised, excluded...

15.09.2011 Emergency relief and coming to terms with the past

The coastal village of Tirúa was particularly badly hit by the severe earthquake that devastated Southern Chile in February 2010. Many Mapuche Indians, who were persecuted during the Pinochet dictatorship and also have little voice in society under...

15.09.2011 An archive of crime

In a windowless hall young women and men with facemasks and gloves sit in long rows sifting through yellowing, dusty books of files. The staff treat the material with the greatest care. For these files hold priceless information about a grisly...