Heavy rainfall is triggering floods and landslides and currently affecting over 400,000 people in Sri Lanka. A new group “Sri Lanka 2016 Floods” has been opened up on mhpss.net in order to share resources dealing with this crisis.
The World Health Organization (WHO) requested a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) literature review of countries impacted by the Ebola virus, including Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. International Medical Corps expressed an interest in completing the review for Guinea and commissioned a rigorous review of the literature on pre-existing information relevant to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in Guinea, in the French and English languages. This report presents the findings using an integrated psychological and anthropological framework that is instrumental in understanding MHPSS needs, and how to devise culturally-appropriate MHPSS interventions in Ebola-affected areas.
The report outlines the key findings of the existing academic and grey literature related to Guinean mental health and psychosocial issues and services, with a specific emphasis on the recent Ebola humanitarian crisis. The review was conducted in June-July 2015 and identified relevant academic publications using academic search engines and databases (Google scholar, Medline, Pubmed, PSYCHinfo, APA psycNET, and Anthrosource). The search was extended through manual searches on Google in French and English, and in the journals: Social Science and Medicine; Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, Transcultural Psychiatry; and Medical Anthropology. Researchers with relevant expert knowledge were also consulted. The overall search identified academic sources, but also relevant reports, policy documents and internet resources.
The report introduces general background information regarding the population of Guinea, its religions, history, politics, economics and health. It subsequently summarizes information on mental health and psychosocial issues including prevalence, local nosologies, help-seeking strategies, formal and informal resources of MHPSS sources of support. There is discussion of the ways in which causes and course of illness and misfortune are intertwined with plural cosmologies and with individuals’ relationships with the living, the dead, the spirit world, and nature itself. Finally, the humanitarian crisis of Ebola in Guinea is explored, alongside responses to it, and its social and psychological ramifications for the affected population.
The scholarly and grey literature available on MHPSS specifically in Guinea was limited and thinly spread over many documents. This presented a challenge when writing this report and we acknowledge that there may have been further relevant material to be found in sources that did not focus specifically on MHPSS, but which it was not possible to obtain within the time-scale of the review. Nonetheless, we hope the report can provide useful insights for policy-makers, donors, governments and service-providers.
Psychosocial support for pregnant women and for families with microcephaly and other neurological complications in the context of Zika virus
Interim guidance for health-care providers
On 1 February 2016 WHO announced that a cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Several countries have reported an increase in the incidence of cases of microcephaly and/or Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) (2) concurrent with Zika virus outbreak. A causal relationship between Zika infection during pregnancy and microcephaly is strongly suspected, though not scientifically proven.
This document describes guidance for a supportive response by healthcare providers (e.g. physicians, nurses), focusing primarily on women affected by Zika virus infection during pregnancy and their families, for their mental health and psychosocial needs.
Mental Health for Sustainable Development: The Role of International Non-Governmental Organisations
22-23 February 2016, London UK
Representatives of international non-governmental organisations (iNGOs), funders and development partners, and policy-makers are invited to a Parliamentary meeting on 22 February 2016, 4-6pm, to discuss the role of iNGOs in addressing mental health as a key component of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Experts from iNGOs delivering mental health services in low- and middle-income countries will share lessons from the field and propose a call to action for the iNGO community in advance of the World Bank-World Health Organisation meeting on mental health planned for April 2016.
The Parliamentary meeting will be followed by a technical workshop on 23 February at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to formalise this call to action and determine next steps.
These events are organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health in collaboration with the Mental Health Innovation Network. Registration opens January 2016. Please refer to the attached Save the date and circulate to your networks.
Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response – Join Group on mhpss.net
This group is designated to provide a forum for discussion, sharing knowledge and practices on the ongoing Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response. This can include sharing practices, case studies, guidelines, research results or work in progress which can support practitioners, researchers, policy makers or programmers supporting settlement of refugees in Europe.
Step 1: Go to My Account> Settings> General. Step 2: You can change the email account attached to your site account (this is where all the email notifications will be received), and reset your password.
Step 1: Got to My Account> Settings> Email. Here you have a number of options to which you can choose to receive email notifications. Step 2: Once you select the options, remember to save the changes.
Step 1: Got to My Account> Settings> Chat. Here you can select the public chat status (i.e. how others will see your availability online), as well as how your name appears on the chat. Step 2: Once you select the options, remember to save the changes.
If you would like to remove your account, please contact your Regional Host. Contact details can be found in the Contact Us section.
Permissions refer to the privacy settings that allow another person to access site content, i.e. profile information, groups, resources and activity feeds. Permissions can be customized according to needs.
Go to My Account> Profile> Edit Profile. Under ‘Basic’ and ‘Extended Profile’ select who can see your profile details, from the drop down menu next to each section. Please note that if you select ‘Everyone’, information will be accessible to all Network members and non-Network members.
Only the Group Hosts can change the permissions of the group.
Go to your group and click on Admin> Group Settings. Adjust the privacy settings as needed.
Permissions in relation to resources are governed by the permissions of the groups to which they are uploaded. Therefore, content of Private and Hidden Groups are accessible only to their members.
You cannot have privacy settings for individual resources.
These too are governed by the permissions of the group in which these activities take place. Therefore, activities of Private and Hidden Groups are accessible only to their members.
*Remember to save changes once changes to permission/privacy settings are made, in order for them to be effective.
‘News’ is a section in the site that includes information about upcoming trainings, events and calls for proposals. If you want to make an announcement, please send the details to the Network Host at [email protected].
News is accessible by all visitors to the site, including non-members.
News can be viewed by both members and non-members.
Step 1: Go to ‘News’ tab on the main navigation bar and select ‘Trainings’, ‘Events’ or ‘Calls’ from the drop down menu. Those which are out of date can be found in Archives for your reference.
Step 2: The latest News appears first. You can go to older posts too by navigating across pages.
Commenting on News
Both members and non-members can access News and comment on them. (Non members have to provide their name and email address if they wish to comment). The Network Host, who posts all the News items, receives updates on comments.
Step 1: To comment on a News item, click on the link indicating the number of comments that have been made on it, as shown here (if no comment has been made on it yet, it will say ‘no comments’).
Step 2: At the bottom of the comments page, there’s a section called ‘Leave a Reply’ with a text box for comments. Type your comment and submit.
Flagging – if you want to report a News item as inappropriate, click on ‘flag this post as inappropriate’.
Sharing – Click on the news item or on ‘comment’ to share via FB and Twitter. Please Note: This is not available in the listing of all News items.
Searching for Vacancies
This section provides information on all current vacancies in the MHPSS field, which has been submitted to the site for inclusion. They are listed by the most recently uploaded ones first.
You can use the categories provided to search and filter through the vacancies listed. This could be by job category or its locations. You can also check the checkboxes provided to indicate whether you want freelance, full-time, internships, part-time or temporary vacancies only to be listed.
You can add current vacancies to the site by choosing ‘Add Vacancy’ from the dropdown menu on the tab ‘Vacancies’ in the main navigation bar.
Fill out the required information in the form provided. Preview the listing by clicking the button below and submit as requested.
Status updates are brief updates given by members. These can be anything related to MHPSS, e.g. the work they are involved in, questions they would like answers to, a link, a notice/message or any other piece of information. Status updates can be made on the Profile page, Group home pages or the main Activity page and can include photos, web links and videos.
Step 1: Go to My Account> Profile> Activity.
Step 2: Type your update on the text box below ‘what’s new?’ and click on ‘Post Update’.
Group Home Page
Step 1: Go to the Home Page of the group where you want to post the update.
Step 2: Type your update on the text box below ‘what’s new in <group name>?’ and click on ‘Post Update’.
Step 1: Go to the Activity page through the main navigation bar.
Step 2: Type your update in the text box below ‘what’s new?’.
Step 3: Then select where you want to post the update from the options available in the ‘post in’ drop down menu and click on ‘Post Update’.