POMA has an advisory board of international & national experts
Independently-registered with the government of Afghanistan, under the stewardship of
Lyla Schwartz, POMA provides a range of services that have grown beyond dispensing
specialist mental health and psychological support services for those working with
at-risk populations in Afghanistan services, in particular trauma-related, for
people with and without special needs; gender and children’s rights, politics and social welfare;
as well as in politics and the sociology of armed non-state groups.
What sets POMA apart from other organizations
POMA the only major local Afghan institutions dealing specifically with the issue of mental
health. Furthermore, we are female led and have decades of cumulative expertise in the fields
of gender mainstreaming as well as mental health and psychological and social services. Importantly
, POMA emphasizes building its own internal culture of workplace safety – not only in terms of
mental and physical wellbeing but also in terms of our own organizational culture aimed at building
safe and harassment-free work spaces, and therefore leading by example.