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State of the World’s Fathers – Report now available for downloading
July 27, 2015

MEN CARE LOGOState of the World’s Fathers is the world’s first report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving. Presented by MenCare  you can download the report at http://sowf.men-care.org/

While the full report is available in English, there are Executive Summaries available in Spanish and Portuguese.


Webinar Recording Available Now! Please share the link…
July 9, 2015
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Monitoring and Evaluation in MHPSS Programming in Humanitarian Emergencies.

Conducted : Wednesday 15th of July- 4 pm UTC

Please click here to watch a recording of the webinar (Duration: Approximately 80 minutes).

This webinar will provide guidance and tools for monitoring & evaluation (including assessment and learning) at all stages of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programming in humanitarian settings. The webinar will include an overview of an M&E framework, and will deal with the process from an initial needs assessment required for MHPSS program design to the practicalities and challenges faced in implementation.  It will also explore the need for overarching evaluation and research to improve our programs and identify best practices for future work.  The speakers are both MHPSS practitioners who bring considerable field experience from emergency settings to bear on these topics.


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Zeinab Hijazi - MHPSS and Protection consultant

Zeinab currently provides direct support to the International Medical Corps’ MHPSS programs in Syria, providing guidance and oversight in the development, monitoring, evaluation and running of culturally appropriate mental health and psychosocial activities. This includes provision of mental health care, psychosocial support, and protection activities targeting various vulnerable groups, including children among IDP and vulnerable host populations. Zeinab has over 9 years of experience supporting International Medical Corps’ MHPSS programs in the Middle East and North Africa region.

In recent months, Zeinab completed various consultancies with UNICEF (New York) co-leading a global review of evidence and practice of MHPSS for children in Emergencies. She also completed a mission in March 2015 with the World Health Organization in Iraq, contributing to and informing mental health policy and services through a situational analysis and assessment.

Zeinab has a Masters Degree (MSc) in Mental Health Policy and Services and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.


Sarah Harrison- MHPSS coordinator with International Medical Corps, TurkeySarah

Sarah is currently the MHPSS coordinator with IMCs ERT Turkey. Sarah started working for IMC in Turkey in September 2013.  Her previous positions include MHPSS Officer for UNHCR Damascus within their MHPSS Program for Iraqi refugees and then subsequently Syrian IDPS (this was the first program of its kind for UNHCR globally) from May 2012-August 2013.  Sarah also helped create the Operational Guidance Note on MHPSS for UNHCR – which is now a guiding policy document for the UN Agency. Previous positions have also included the IASC MHPSS RG Co-Chair for 2 years (2010 – 2012), Global MHPSS Advisor for ActionAid and then the same position with ACT Alliance.  She has supported, co-ordinated, advocated for, and managed MHPSS programs in humanitarian emergencies and protracted (refugee) settings since 2007.

Moderator : Mohamed Elshazly, Global Host for mhpss.net (Middle East and North Africa Region)


Yemen 2015 Crisis Response Group now open
July 3, 2015

A new group has been opened in order to respond to the Level 3 emergency declared in Yemen by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator as of July 2015. Read more here.

Click on the following link to join Yemen 2015 Crisis Response group:



Nepal Earthquake 2015: Desk Review of MHPSS-Related Information
June 22, 2015
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A comprehensive “Desk Review of Existing Information with Relevance to Mental Health & Psychosocial Support” has been compiled on behalf of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for MHPSS in Emergency Settings, and was last updated on 18 June 2015.

This document describes a desk review started after the April 25 and May 12 earthquakes in Nepal. The main aim of the desk review was to summarize existing information with regard to mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in Nepal. It is hoped this desk review will help people responding to the earthquakes to take into account information on the socio-cultural context in Nepal, and to avoid collecting information in needs assessments that is already available. Conducting a desk review after major emergencies is part of the 2007 ‘Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies’.

The desk review was undertaken by a group of more than one hundred collaborators working on behalf of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies. Faculty and (post)graduate students at several universities used the same methods to search the academic and grey literature from multiple disciplines; screen the results from searches; and summarize relevant documents. A version for peer review was completed and shared on 22 May 2015 and a final version made available in early June.

Searches identified 563 documents and 242 documents were included in writing this desk review. Documents included both information from (program) reports on websites as well as research published in peer-reviewed journals. The peer-reviewed literature on mental health and psychosocial wellbeing has focused primarily on mental health for populations affected by political violence in Nepal, including populations affected by armed conflict, torture survivors, and displaced populations (internally displaced populations, refugees from Tibet and Bhutan).

Download the desk review here.


Watch Recordings of “Growing Up in Conflict” Symposium (26-27 May)
May 21, 2015
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Recordings of the “Growing up in Conflict” Symposium sessions on 26th and 27th May 2015 are available to view via this link on MHPSS.net.

The Symposium on “Growing Up in Conflict”  assembled experts on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS); practitioners, especially colleagues from agencies working in conflict-affected countries; academics; and representatives from United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to review the state of field in terms of knowledge and evidence, share insights on current field practice and programming, and make recommendations for advancing knowledge and practice.

The Symposium was hosted by UNICEF in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands in The Hague and supported by UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, ‘Learning for Peace’, which implements innovative programming on education for peacebuilding in 14 countries around the world. The Symposium was intended to inform a range of initiatives such as No Lost Generation, which address the immediate and long-term consequences of the Syria crisis on a generation of children and youth.

The Symposium featured two days of panels and expert discussions, followed by a day for a core group of practitioners to share experiences in a planning workshop. This third day offered field colleagues from different agencies the chance to collaborate and learn from each other. The Symposium also provided an opportunity for advocacy. In particular, the concluding session of the second day brought together donor governments and practitioners from the field. The outputs of the Symposium will contribute to advocacy around the World Humanitarian Summit and post-2015 Development Agenda discussions.
See http://learningforpeace.unicef.org/media-center/growing-up-in-conflict-symposium/

The Symposium was convened by Unicef and Government of the Netherlands in partnership with the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), City University of New York (CUNY), HealthNet TPO, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS RG), International Medical Corps (IMC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), MHPSS.net, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), REPSSI, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), War Child Holland, War Trauma Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Vision.

Download the Symposium brochure for more details on the proceedings.


Training Course: Mental Health in Complex Emergencies offered by the IIHA

 Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE 11)

September 20-30, 2015 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Course Description

The Mental Health in Complex Emergencies (MHCE) course is an intensive multidisciplinary ten-day training course for mental health workers and humanitarian program staff who wish to gain insight and competency in establishing mental health or psychosocial programs in (post) conflict areas or in complex disaster settings. It will provide practical orientation and training to equip participants to establish and organize comprehensive programming in mental health and psychosocial support, and strengthen adjunct skills for use in complex humanitarian emergencies and relief situations. Such skills include needs assessments, monitoring and evaluation, understanding the humanitarian context, security and self-care. In the last 3 days of the course students will choose between a workshop on learning clinical or on research skills relevant to a humanitarian setting. More detailed information about course structure and learning objectives is available in the course brochure and on the website.

Course Highlights

  •  Interactive and practice-driven teaching
  •  A choice of specialised workshops in the final three days
  •  Faculty combines academic excellence with extensive field experience
  •  Diverse and international group of students
  • Active alumni network

Qualifications: This is a multidisciplinary training program for participants from a variety of backgrounds. Applicants should have a background in either mental health or social work or have a relevant professional background that allows for future engagement in mental health or psychosocial program in complex emergencies. Participants must be fluent in English. Preference is given to applicants with more than two years of experience in the field. Participants are required to have a university degree.

Course location: This residential course will be held at Asham Resort hotel on the shores of beautiful Lake Bishoftu in Debre Zeit, approximately one hour from Addis. All students and faculty will stay at the hotel together, allowing for more informal gatherings and sharing of experiences outside formal teaching time.

Tuition fees: For those who wish to receive academic credit, the cost is: $1750. Upon successful completion of the program participants are eligible to receive two academic credits from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students seeking academic credit will be required to submit a research paper (1,400-1,600 words) due one month after the conclusion of the course in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Course Directors. For those who do not wish to receive formal academic credit, the cost of tuition has been reduced to $1350 Dollars. These participants will receive a certificate of attendance. 33 W. 60th St., Suite 804 | New York, NY 10023 | www.fordham.edu/iiha | [email protected] | +1 212-636-6294

Accommodation: Accommodation including all meals has been reserved at the hotel: $1050 for 10 days.

Specialist workshop fee for previous MHCE alumni: People who have done the MHCE basic course in the past can apply separately for the 3-day workshops on (28-30 Sept): $1000 for accommodation and tuition

Scholarships: The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC), partner organization of the IIHA, offers a limited number of scholarships for tuition fees. To be eligible, you must be a citizen of a developing nation and be currently working within the humanitarian field.

Applications: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in attending this program, please contact the International Programs Coordinator, Alexandra DeBlock at [email protected] for further instructions.

Deadlines: Once an application has been submitted and accepted, the full course fee covering both accommodation and tuition of $2400 (or $2800 if wishing for academic credit) should be paid to Fordham as soon as possible. Accommodation reservations cannot be held after the August 20, 2015. Any applicants accepted after that date will have to apply directly to the hotel for accommodation.

About the organizers:

The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) was created at Fordham University in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, offer rigorous academic and training courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, host symposia, and publish books relating to humanitarian affairs. Recognizing the need for a universally accepted basic standard of training for all humanitarian workers, the IIHA holds numerous training courses to accommodate the needs and schedules of humanitarian aid workers around the world.

The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC) was founded in 1992 to promote healing and peace in countries shattered by war, regional conflicts and ethnic violence.

HealthNet TPO is a Dutch aid agency that works on health and well-being in areas disrupted by war or disasters. By working together with local communities we use ‘health’ as a means to bring people together and to restore mutual trust.

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs in over 30 countries. Mental health and psychosocial support services and activities are a cornerstone of our integrated and comprehensive programming.

Website: www.internationalmedicalcorps.org and https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/programs/mental-health


UNHCR is the United Nations Refugee Agency, mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. In 2013 UNHCR published the ‘Operational Guidance for MHPSS Programming in Refugee Operations’ that formally recognizes the importance of MHPSS as an integral part of its mandate.

WHO/UNHCR Issue New Guide on Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

Joint News Release
5 May 2015


WHO/UNHCR Issue New Guide on Mental Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

5 MAY 2015 | GENEVA – Worldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic,  South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency.

People with mental health disorders rarely have access to specialized health workers trained in assessing and managing their conditions. WHO and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have therefore produced a mental health Gap Action Programme Humanitarian Intervention Guide (mhGAP-HIG), so non-specialist health workers can better identify, assess and manage mental health needs.

The new guide provides practical, first-line management recommendations for mental, neurological and substance use conditions. Contents include modules on assessing and managing conditions such as acute stress, grief, moderate-severe depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy, and harmful use of alcohol and drugs.

Mental health in humanitarian emergencies

Most people, adults and children, experience grief and acute distress. But emergencies also trigger conditions such as depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or prolonged grief disorder, that can severely undermine a person’s daily functioning. People with severe pre-existing conditions such as psychosis, an intellectual disability or epilepsy are even more vulnerable.

Managing these conditions presents many challenges to health workers. In natural disasters, like the recent earthquake in Nepal, people have been displaced, facilities have been damaged, and supplies of medications are limited. Health workers are often in short supply and under enormous pressure to see as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. And there are only very rarely specialist facilities available to take referrals. The new guide will give the available health responders the ability to begin to address these needs.

New guide enables general health workers to give mental health care

WHO and UNHCR hope all humanitarian partners will use the new guide to help reduce suffering and increase the ability of adults and children with mental health needs to cope in humanitarian emergencies.

The new guide will be used in Syria, where the four-year conflict has displaced more than 7.6 million people within the country and left an additional 4 million seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. WHO started training Syrian non-specialist health workers in 2012. Since then over 500 health workers have been trained. The new guide will help accelerate and scale-up access to mental health care in Syria and other emergency settings.

The mhGAP is a WHO programme that seeks to address the lack of care for people suffering from mental, neurological and substance use conditions. In 2010, it published the mhGAP intervention guide, a widely-used evidence-based manual for the management of these conditions in non-specialized health settings, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. The new mhGAP humanitarian intervention guide is an adaptation of the original guide, which has been tried and tested in the field. It is written specifically for practitioners working in humanitarian emergencies.

Related link
- Download the guide


Nepal 2015 Earthquake MHPSS Response Group now open
April 25, 2015
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Nepal 2015 Earthquake Response Group has been opened to share resources and information about the MHPSS response to the 25 April Disaster. If you are involved in the response, please join http://mhpss.net/groups/current-mhpss-emergency-responses/nepal-2015-earthquake-response/

Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) video series Launched by the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG)
April 1, 2015
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The series is a practical introduction for child protection staff in both emergency-affected and prone contexts; while it targets newcomers working at the national level with local or international NGOs, government counterparts, and UN agencies, a wider audience will also find it interesting.  The CPWG encourages Child Protection staff to use these resources as widely as possible. Click here to find out how.

The videos are available in English, French, Arabic and Spanish (forthcoming) and addresses these 5 Child Protection Needs Standards:

• Sexual violence
• Psychosocial distress and mental disorders
• Children associated with armed forces or armed groups
• Child labour
• Unaccompanied and separated children

Click here to view these videos.


Welcome to Shilpa – new network host
March 26, 2015

Shilpa Samaratunge, based in Sri Lanka, is one of the new Network Hosts for mhpss.net. Shilpa has a background in journalism and peace & conflict analysis.  You can contact at [email protected]