Operational Guidance Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Programming for Refugee Operations

UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR, (2013)

This operational guidance on MHPSS provides a practical orientation and tools for UNHCR country operations. It covers specific points of good practice to consider when developing MHPSS programming and offers advice on priority issues and practical difficulties, while also providing some background information and definitions. Since MHPSS is a cross cutting concept this operational guidance is relevant for programming in various sectors, including health, community based protection, education, shelter, nutrition, food security and livelihoods. The focus of this operational guidance is on refugees and asylum seekers, but it may apply to other persons of concern within UNHCR operations such as stateless persons, internally displaced persons and returnees. The guidance is meant for operations in both camp and non-camp settings, and in both rural and urban settings in low and middle-income countries with a UNHCR presence. The guidance should be adapted according to different contexts. A standardized format for programme implementation cannot be offered because this depends to a large extent on existing national capacities and local opportunities.

Burden of dengue infection in India, 2017: a cross-sectional population based serosurvey

Manoj V Murhekar, P Kamaraj, Muthusamy Santhosh Kumar, et al., (2019)

The Lancet Global Health, June 11, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(19)30250-5

Health, Rights and Drugs

UNAIDS, (2019)

Harm Reducation, Decriminalization and Zero Discrimination for People who use Drugs

Eritrea: Repression without borders

Amnesty International, (2019)

Threats to human rights defenders abroad. The Amnesty International report highlights “the routine and widespread use of harassment and threats by the Eritrean government and its supporters against Eritrean human rights defenders,” noting that despite the end of war with neighboring Ethiopia, the “country is still quite sealed off and the degree of political and civil freedom very limited,” with frequent torture and arbitrary arrests.

International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Policy

World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, UNAIDS, (2019)

The drugs issue cuts across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and multiple Sustainable Development Goals, including ending poverty, reducing inequalities, and, of course, improving health, with its targets on drug use, HIV, and other communicable diseases. Goal 16 on peace, justice, and strong institutions is particularly important, requiring attention to human rights across the Sustainable Development Goals. Since the late 1990s, United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolutions have acknowledged that ‘countering the world drug problem’ must be carried out ‘in full conformity’ with ‘all human rights and fundamental freedoms’.1 This has been reaffirmed in every major UN political declaration on drug control since, and in multiple resolutions adopted by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.2 The reality, however, has not always lived up to this important commitment.

Public Health Advice on preventing health effects of heat

World Health Organization WHO, Regional Office for Europe, (2011)

New and updated information. Adverse health effects of hot weather and heat-waves are largely preventable. Prevention requires a portfolio of actions at different levels:from health system preparedness, coordinated with meteorological early warning systems, to timely public and medical advice andimprovements to housing and urban planning. This publication offers detailed information for various target audiences, and on medicaladvice and treatment practices

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