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MHPSS in Guinea Conakry – A Literature Review
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MHPSS in Guinea Conakry – A Literature Review

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.

To access review please visit http://mhpss.net/?get=268/Guinea-MHPSS-Literature-Review-2015-English1.pdf or download Guinea MHPSS Literature Review 2015 English here.

 

Guidance to provide MHPSS care for pregnant women and for families with microcephaly in the context of Zika virus
ZIKA IMAGE
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.

Translations of this document in Spanish and Portuguese will also soon be available on mhpss.net. To access these and other resources related to  this crisis please go to  Zika – Microcephaly, Emergency Response, 2016.

 

 

Mental Health for Sustainable Development: The Role of International Non-Governmental Organisations
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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.
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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.

Click this link to join the group on the Europe-Mediterranean 2015 Migration Response

9. Settings

General Settings

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.

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Notification Settings

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.

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Chat

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.

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Removing Account

If you would like to remove your account, please contact your Regional Host. Contact details can be found in the Contact Us section.

8. Editing Permissions

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.

Profile

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.

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Groups

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.

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Resources

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.

Activity Feeds

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.

7.1. News & Vacancies

‘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.

Viewing News

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.

Adding Vacancies

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.

 

 

7.1. Status Updates

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.

Profile Page

Step 1: Go to My Account> Profile> Activity.

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Step 2: Type your update on the text box below ‘what’s new?’ and click on ‘Post Update’.

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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’.

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Activity Page

Step 1: Go to the Activity page through the main navigation bar.

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Step 2: Type your update in the text box below ‘what’s new?’.

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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’.

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7.2. Activity

Activity refers to the member activities that take place on the site, e.g. status updates, uploading documents, creating new groups and forums, posting on forums, joining the Network or a group, when a member ‘connects’ with another member, etc. These activities go into an ‘Activity Feed’ that is displayed on the site. However, private messages sent through the site are not included in the Activity Feed:

Only the activities in Public Groups and the Private and Hidden Groups in which you are a member will be accessible to you. The activities in Public Groups are accessible by all visitors to the site, including non-members.

Step 1: The easiest way to access all the activity feeds is to go to the Activity page via the main navigation bar. Here you can see the activity of all the members, the activities of your connections, the activity in the groups in which you are a member, and comments that have mentioned your name. The activity updates appear with the last activity first.

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Step 2: OR you can access all the activity feeds also through My Account> Activity. Two options are available here that are not available in the main Activity section – your personal activities, and the activities that you have saved (see Step 6 below to learn how to save activities). You can filter all the activity using the drop down menu next to ‘show’.

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Step 3: Group activities are also accessible through the group home pages.

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Step 4: You can filter all the activity using the drop down menu on the Activity page.

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Step 5: You can post a reply/comment to any of the activities using the ‘Comment’ tab below the activity. This will create a comment thread that others too can reply to. (Non members cannot post replies). This is the feature to use if you want to reply to a particular forum post (please see the section on Forums for further information).

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Step 6: You can save any of the comments/ activities you like for later reference, by clicking the ‘Favourite’ tab below the activity. The saved activities will be accessible through My Account> Activity> Favourites OR through Activity (main navigation bar)>My Favourites.

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Step 7: You can also report inappropriate updates/ comments/ activities by clicking on the ‘flag’ button below the activity.

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Step 8: You can share any of the comments accessible to you via facebook and twitter using the ‘Share’ button below each comment.
Please note: You must be logged in to access these comments. Only members of those groups can access the Activity Feeds in Private and Hidden Groups. (Non- members can see the feeds in Public groups but cannot reply).

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Step 9: RSS feeds – If you would like to follow the activity of a group or the entire network by RSS, you can find the feed URLs under the sub-navigation on the left marked by the RSS symbol. You can also use these feeds to integrate with other websites that are capable of reading them. Permission from one of the Regional Hosts should be requested.

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5.1. The Group Creator and Group Host

The Group Creator is the group member who sets up the group. The Group Host is the group member who takes responsibility for managing the group. The Group Host’s responsibilities include managing the group membership and resources, managing the group permissions and promoting interaction among the members. The Group Creator and Group Host may be the same person or two different people. The Group Host is not to be confused with the Regional Host. The Group Host will be identified as a Group Admin at the top of the group page.

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You will need to log in to the site to join, create or comment in groups. If you have recently joined the site, your account has to be fully activated before you can carry on some of these activities. Full activation of your account may take up to 48 hours.