Refugees Camp and Mental Health

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An overview of the important issues to consider when planning for mental health in refugee camps.

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Refugees Camp and Mental Health

  1. 1. Consequences of forced migration and mental health care for refugees <ul><li>Muhammad Shafiq </li></ul><ul><li>Elin Sandström </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Nixon </li></ul><ul><li>Easin Khan </li></ul><ul><li>Liz </li></ul>
  2. 2. Back ground informations <ul><li>Presenting interview </li></ul>
  3. 3. Needs Assessment <ul><li>Longer-term goals </li></ul><ul><li>Demographic and </li></ul><ul><li>contextual situation </li></ul><ul><li>Human rights perspective </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cont… <ul><li>Mental health and psychosocial problems </li></ul><ul><li>Psychosocial well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Existing resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Organization of refugee camp <ul><li>Registration: each person should register before enter to the camp. It is important to allocate refugees in groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of unification: family members, other group orphans, single women or single men. </li></ul><ul><li>Division of the camp: rows, each one with a number x of tents. Each row will have a number. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Organization of refugee camp People should be allowed to reorganized each other according to their preferences. This practice improves family unification, social support (members from villages grouping together), avoid moving the tents by the refugees themselves.
  7. 7. Traditional healers <ul><li>Accessible, placebo effect, reduced stigma, potential cost effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Trust and collaboration via training </li></ul>
  8. 8. Religion <ul><li>Core system of meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct an assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Have religious spaces in the camp </li></ul><ul><li>Possibly organize the families according to religion </li></ul><ul><li>Interview on women centers </li></ul>
  9. 9. Primary health care (PHC) and Mental Health services <ul><li>Interview on health problems </li></ul><ul><li>Basic health needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implementation of all components of PHC </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Cont… <ul><li>Integration of Mental health </li></ul><ul><li>into PHC. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Destigmatization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy access for all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost effective </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Question for audience

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