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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS): Sub Working Group - North East Nigeria, Quarterly update Q3 | July - September 2018

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Key Highlights

• Facilitated the 2nd Round of MHPSS Mapping Workshop on 11 July 2018.
The mapping workshop was attended by 43 participants from CBOs, NGOs,
INGOs, Government and UN agencies who are providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States. The information collected from the workshop will be then transferred into the MHPSS Partners and Services Profile and infographic map, and it will be publicly available in the next quarter.

• Disseminated references of the MHPSS assessment to the members of MHPSS SWG, to ensure alignment and implementation of the standards on MHPSS assessments in NE Nigeria: (a) IASC Reference Group Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Assessment Guide, 2013; (b) IASC Recommendations for Conducting Ethical Mental Health and Psychosocial Research in Emergency Settings, 2013; (c) IOM Psychosocial Needs Assessment in Emergency Displacement, Early Recovery and Return: IOM Tools, 2008; and (d) WHO UNHCR Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources: Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings, 2012.

• The MHPSS SWG provided information to the World Bank (WB), to be presented on WB’s Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP) working session on 13 August 2018. The information presented included MHPSS SWG roles and objectives, result of mapping exercises, key highlights and challenges of 2018 and the 2018 work plan. Further discussion was carried out on strengthening coordination with WB’s implementing partners and MHPSS SWG.

• Organized the 1st Round-Table Discussion on Identifying the Current Needs and Main Challenges by the key MHPSS Humanitarian Partners. The event was held in Maiduguri, on 13 September 2018. HAI, ICRC, IOM, INTERSOS, MdM, TWB, UNICEF, UNFPA and WHO participated in the discussion. The discussion led to the development of main recommendations and key messages; these have been circulated to MHPSS SWG partners during the last monthly coordination meeting. The 2nd Round-Table Discussion will be conducted in the next quarter, with a focus on CBOs and National NGOs.

• Provided technical support to the MHPSS SWG partners by reviewing a concept note for project proposal, PSS report forms and counselling notes. Additionally, relevant training materials were shared with CHAD International, HAI, LABDI, SCI, TdH, TWB, and VSF, to improve quality of the MHPSS responses.

• The MHPSS SWG partic ipated in a meeting and workshop of new initiatives to be implemented in NE Nigeria, specifically on: (a) GBV in Health Emergencies Project by WHO HQ: the meeting was conducted with the aim to assess gaps in the health response to GBV and identif y needs for follow up trainings and other capacity building interventions; (b) Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) in Health sector: the workshop covered topics on CTP core concepts, integrating CTP with other health financing and support options, application of CTP for health outcomes, multi-purpose cash and CTP modalities for health in the HRP.

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