"This evaluation reports on how well the United Nations High Commission for Refugees considers and provides for the well-being and mental health of persons of concern to the agency. Through a survey of UNHCR field staff, extensive literature and policy review, and key informant interviews with MHPSS experts from academic institutions, international agencies and non-governmental organizations, this review provides insight into how UNHCR’s current activities contribute towards improved mental health and psychosocial well-being of displaced persons and how UNHCR’s current policy frameworks relate to established practices and frameworks in the MHPSS field"
"These Guiding Principles are intended to serve the purpose of promoting and spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law and, in particular, of implementing the provisions protecting children affected by armed conflicts, especially children associated or previously associated with armed forces or armed groups. The Guiding Principles suggest a number of practical, regulatory and legal measures as means to encourage States to improve such protection. They are based mainly on binding international rules (taking into account the specific obligations of all relevant treaties and of customary law). They also refer to widely accepted instruments of a non-binding character ("soft law"). A checklist of the main obligations regarding children associated with armed forces and armed groups is provided in Annex IV"
This publication aims to provide an outline of best practices in meeting HIV-related needs in the context of refugee situations. UNHCR and UNAIDS seek to inform and support key decision-makers on HIV-related issues facing refugees, other populations of concern to UNHCR, and the populations of host countries. The content of this document focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, but the concepts discussed are applicable to refugee situations outside this region
A large number of people are exposed to extreme stressors that are a risk factor for mental health and social problems. This report describes principles and strategies that can be applied in resource poor settings where there are people who have been exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors and populations exposed to terrorism, genocide or war
This good practice guide introduces practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to two distinct but related concepts - risk and vulnerability. The guide explores how gender, race, culture, sexuality and social status all influence young people's experiences of sexual relationships and makes some more vulnerable to poor sexual health. Using case studies from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, this resource sets out guidelines to inform work with especially vulnerable young people (including young people who sell sex, young people who inject drugs, and young migrants and refugees)
This document describes the histroy of reproductive health for refugees and presents the available eveidence on the effects of conflict on the spread of HIV. It describes policy and programme responses and concludes with recommendations for future directions
This guide outlines the impact of conflict and displacement on the provision of reproductive health services and sets out a strategy to lessen the plight of individuals and communities in emergency situations. It provides tools for the assessment of needs and monitoring of reproductive health both in refugee and displacement settings and in protracted low-grade conflicts. It also addresses the reproductive health needs of the post-conflict period and looks at ways to respond to the gender-based, sexual violence. This guide is intended for health programme managers, medical coordinators, donors and NGOs, trainers and managers of social services
This manual provides guidelines for the treatment of severely malnourished children (under five years of age) in hospitals and health centres and approaches the treatment of severely malnourished adolescents and adults. The manual is intended for health personnel working at central and district level including physicians, nurses, midwives and auxiliaries
This briefing gives an overview about modern conflicts and its effects on different groups. It also outlines psychological trauma. Finally it reviews existing trauma projects and suggests different principles for interventions.
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