Guide on Basic Psychological Support for Persons Affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases (BPS-N)
The guide has been prepared for the use by health workers, volunteers and others involved in supporting persons living with physical and/ or psychosocial consequences of NTDs. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice or treatment for specific medical or psychological conditions. The advice of a physician/psychologist/psychiatrist may need to be taken when the advice offered in this guide is not sufficient or does not lead to improvement.
The Basic Psychological Support for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Guide (BPS-N) has been adapted from the Psychological First Aid: Guide for field workers (World Health Organization, War Trauma Foundation, World Vision International, 2011). It has been adapted to better respond to the challenges associated with the mental health consequences of NTDs. NTD pose specific problems for affected people (e.g., disabilities, stigmatisation, isolation, fear, and possible abandonment), their caregivers and responders (e.g., access to updated information).
You can find pocket-sized guides on the BPS-N in Hindi and in English in the Download section of the page.
The Coalition for Operational Research for Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTDs) provided support for the development of the Guide.