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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.