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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.


Call for Proposals: Evidence Synthesis on Mental Health in Emergencies. (Deadline- June 16, 2105)

Oxfam GB and Feinstein International Center are pleased to launch a call for proposals for evidence syntheses in the humanitarian field. This Call for Proposals is soliciting applications to conduct evidence syntheses on the following topics (click on each link for more details):

1) mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings

2) child protection

3) WASH in disease outbreaks 

4) urban humanitarian action.

More information can be found at: www.oxfam.org.uk/hep under the ‘Call for Proposals’ tab.

This call is part of the Humanitarian Evidence Programme, which reviews, distils and communicates evidence in order to improve humanitarian policy and practice. The Programme is a partnership between Oxfam GB and Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, funded by UK aid. For more information, please visit: www.oxfam.org.uk/hep.

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.