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130 Interview, UNHCR staff member, July 20 2012 131 Interview, UNHCR staff member, October 11 2012 58 UNHCR’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT FOR PERSONS OF CONCERN
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FINDING 2: There is a lack of strong assessment of HPSS needs, and monitoring and evaluation of MHPSS interventions in the humanitarian sector Recommendations: 4. UNHCR should identify feasible and effective assessment and evaluation methodologies and select commonly implemented MHPSS activities to evaluate, publishing case studies of results 5. UNHCR should play a central role in translating and disseminating research findings to practice and field-settings Implementation strategy: 1. Create collaborations and partnerships with academic institutions and research teams to answer central questions concerning design, implementation, and impact of UNHCR’s MHPSS activities 2. Increase specific indicators linked to MHPSS indicators in Focus This finding is based on UNHCR’s current activities in needs assessments, monitoring of outcomes and impacts, and evaluation of MHPSS activities. Table 8 below identifies the primary tools available for UNHCR in MHPSS needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation, which are described further below. Table 7: Current MHPSS tools, indicators and activities for assessment, monitoring and evaluation Tool Role Description Participatory assessments Assessment Regular participatory assessments can be used to identify MHPSS needs, as well as methods to support and strengthen family and community supports Health Information System [HIS] Assessment, monitoring Collects routine health and nutrition data from refugees in primary health care settings in 21 countries Focus Monitoring Results-based management system for all UNHCR activities, has multiple indicators relevant to MHPSS in various categories, including health, protection and community services WHO and UNHCR toolkit: Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources (2012). Assessment Collection of simple and rapid assessment tools for field use Assessment of MHPSS needs within UNHCR is currently done in multiple ways. Mental and neurological diseases are recorded in the Health Information System [HIS]. 132 Currently, the HIS captures those refugees who attend primary health care, covering camp-based and some urban refugees in 21 countries. The data captured in this system could inform service provision for 132 The HIS is UNHCR’s primary source of routine data collection on health and nutrition. It was launched in 2005 in order to co-ordinate and standardise data collection that can be used to inform programs and monitor progress on health and nutrition indicators. It is used in 21 countries where there are refugees, covering camp-based and some urban refugees. In urban settings, the HIS is used in stand-alone health 59 A Global Review
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severe mental disorders, offering opportunities for monitoring prevalence of seven categories of severe mental disorders.
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