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Guidance Note on Health Disaster Risk Management with Indigenous Peoples

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), (2019)


For centuries, indigenous peoples around the world have used their traditional knowledge to prepare for, cope with and survive disasters. Their methods and practices originated within their communities and have been maintained and passed down over generations. Until recently, policy makers have largely ignored this vast body of knowledge, in favor of ‘Western’ science and technologybased methods of disaster risk reduction and response. Today, however, many of these traditional practices are considered important and necessary contributions to the conservation of biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Yet at the same time, this knowledge is under constant threat of being eroded or lost, making these communities more vulnerable...
http://iris.paho.org/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456...


Toolkit for the Integration of Mental Health into General Healthcare in Humanitarian Settings

International Medical Corps, (2019)


This Toolkit aims to support the understanding and implementation of integrated mental health programs in humanitarian settings. It provides a framework for essential steps and components, with associated key guidance and resources, that strengthen the integration process, and is primarily intended for (1) implementing agencies, but may also be useful for (2) donors, and (3) government actors. Users can access the three steps & three cross cutting components relevant to current program needs, or stages of programming. Accessed August 7, 2019
https://www.mhinnovation.net/collaborations/IMC-Me...


The Sphere Handbook. Interactive Version

The Sphere Project, (2019)


Sphere has recently updated its Interactive Handbook, making it quicker and easier to browse and access its content. New features allow users to browse the Handbook in multiple languages, access additional sets of standards, filter and share search results and embed the Handbook into other websites. This improved platform is an essential resource for humanitarian practitioners looking for guidance across all phases of preparedness and response. Users have the option of browsing the Interactive Handbook in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. The Handbook is currently being translated into ten more languages, expected to be added to the platform in the coming months. Japanese is due to be the first addition later in 2019. The online platform now also includes the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) Handbook, also available in English, Arabic, French and Spanish. More sets of standards should be added in the coming months.
https://handbook.spherestandards.org/en/sphere/#ch...


Reducing Protracted Internal Displacement: A Snapshot of Successful Humanitarian-Development Initiatives

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), (2019)


This paper aims to contribute to the reflection on effective practices to address protracted displacement, in support of the GP20 Plan of Action roll-out. It expands on the research conducted by Walter Kälin and Hannah Entwisle Chapuisat for the 2017 OCHA-commissioned study Breaking the Impasse: Reducing Protracted Internal Displacement as a Collective Outcome.1 That study provided a comprehensive picture of the impact of protracted internal displacement, as well as five country case studies in contexts of conflict and disasters.It also offered a road map for addressing such displacement through seven steps, including conducting joint analysis and defining collective outcomes.
https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/re...


SIMEX Series 2018 Exercise Resources

Agencies RedR UK, Hampshire Fire and Rescue, L2S2 and the University of Portsmouth, (2019)


The SIMEX Series App, exercise material, how-to guides and support. SIMEX Series is the UK’s largest annual international disaster response exercise. It is an operational (live controlled) field exercise designed to establish a learning environment for players to exercise disaster event response plans, policies and procedures. Player participation comprises of; activate, mobilise, respond operationally on scene, report (internally and externally), implement short and medium-term plans, hand-over, demobilise and complete after-action reviews.
http://simexseries.org/resources/


Negotiation of humanitarian access in North Kivu: the perception of armed non-State actors, communities and humanitarians

Geneva Call, (2019)


In response to the shrinking humanitarian space in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this report seeks to shed light on the humanitarian access negotiation practices of NGOs operating in the area. It explores the way that local communities and armed non-State actors (ANSAs) perceive the different humanitarian stakeholders active in the region and how NGOs go about negotiating access. Based on this, the report provides recommendations for improving humanitarian access in North Kivu, and thus responding to the needs of the civilian population
https://genevacall.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/...


Négotiation de l'accès humanitaire au Nord-Kivu: perceptions des acteurs armés non étatiques, des communautés et des acteurs humanitaires

Geneva Call, (2019)


En réponse à la réduction de l’espace humanitaire au Nord Kivu, en République démocratique du Congo (RDC), ce rapport met en lumière les pratiques des ONG opérant dans la zone, en termes de négociation d’accès. Il explore la manière dont les communautés et les Acteurs Armés Non Etatiques (AANE) perçoivent les différents intervenants humanitaires actifs dans la région et comment les ONG négocient leur accès. Sur cette base, le rapport liste des recommandations visant à améliorer l’accès humanitaire au Nord Kivu, permettant ainsi une meilleure réponse aux besoins des populations civiles.
https://genevacall.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/...


Psychological first aid: Facilitator’s manual for orienting field workers

Leslie Snider, Alison Schafer, Mark van Ommeren et al., Eds.: World Health Organization WHO, (2013)


This manual is designed to orient helpers to offer psychologicalfirst aid (PFA) to people following a serious crisis event. PFA involves humane, supportive and practical assistance for people who are distressed, in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. PFA is an approach that can be learned by both professionals and non-professionals who are in a position to help people impacted by very distressing events
http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/102380/1/...


Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers

Snider, L.; Van Ommeren, M.; Schafer, A., Eds.: World Health Organization (WHO), (2011)


When terrible things happen in our communities, countries and the world, we want to reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. This guide covers psychological first aid which involves humane, supportive and practical help to fellow human beings suffering serious crisis events. It is written for people in a position to help others who have experienced an extremely distressing event. It gives a framework for supporting people in ways that respect their dignity, culture and abilities. Despite its name, psychological first aid covers both social and psychological support. Available in various languages: http://www.who.int/mental_health/publications/guide_field_workers/en/
http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241...


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