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- Psychosocial Support and Community Mobilization for Conflict-Induced Displaced Populations in Nigeria (2014-2015)
IOM implements four projects in Nigeria with the aim to promote the psychosocial well-being of internally displaced populations affected by conflict. More specifically, these projects aim to: a) protect and promote the psychosocial well-being of returnee abducted Chibok girls, their families and affected communities; b) provide direct and focused psychosocial assistance to internally displaced persons in camps in Maiduguri; and c) strengthen the emergency provision of psychosocial support services to conflict-induced displaced populations in the Adamawa State. The activities consist of: a) assessments of psychosocial needs and resources in the areas of concern, including a detailed family assessment of the families of the abducted girls; b) the provision of direct psychosocial assistance to the target populations through trained and supervised mobile teams; c) education and capacity building of families, relevant governmental and non-governmental actors and the media in 'do no harm' rules, psychological first aid and basic psychosocial interventions; and d) education and capacity building of key members of the community social support structure (e.g., community leaders, religious leaders, social workers), including camp managers. The programme promotes and contributes to giving special attention and relief to youth, while addressing the needs expressed by teenagers, children and victims of gender-based violence.
- Psychosocial Support to Crisis-Affected, Displaced and Migrant Youth and their Families in Syria and Neighboring Countries (2013-2015)
Within the activities of this programme, a series of psychosocial trainings are organized to increase the capacity of formal and informal actors to provide psychosocial support to people affected by the crisis in Syria and its neighboring countries. The psychosocial programme focuses on capacity building for NGOs that are providing support to internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the crisis in Syria, and targeted direct interventions and capacity building activities in Lebanon. Long term specialized formations encompassing workshops, supervision and in-service training components targeted caretakers of orphanages and orphan care centres, sports coaches dealing with amputees and the disabled, activists engaged in small scale conflict mediation activities, psychosocial support professionals and artists involved in recreational and art therapeutic activities with children. Shorter term formations were offered to frontline workers and shelter managers. In addition, IOM organized two editions of an Executive Professional Master in Psychosocial Support and Dialogue in collaboration with the Lebanese University targeting Syrian professionals working inside Syria and Lebanese professionals.
- Psychosocial Support to Conflict-Affected Persons in Nepal (2013-2015)
The main outcome of the project is the technical support in the implementation of the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction’s (MoPR) psychosocial counselling and support services for recognized victims of war in Nepal and to comprehensively address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups and communities under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. This project provides technical assistance to the MoPR in establishing mechanisms, structures and in enhancing its capacity to address the psychosocial needs of the victims of war and to aid the government to provide access to comprehensive counselling and support services.
- Promotion and Prevention in Priority Public Health Issues in Populations in Contexts of Vulnerability in Colombia (2013-2014)
The strategic objective of the Victims Institutional Strengthening Program is to provide accompaniment and technical support for the Government of Colombia’s policies, systems and institutions at the national, departmental and municipal levels, to strengthen capacities and build necessary competencies for the timely and effective execution and implementation of the Victims Law. Specifically, the rehabilitation section aims to improve psychosocial care and medical rehabilitation services of the Government and its partners, to be appropriate to the needs of victims and promote their psychosocial welfare and emotional recovery. IOM has supported the design and validation of tools, methodologies and protocols for access to psychosocial care services, ensuring the inclusion of differential, participatory and cultural elements sensitive to the needs of victims. Through trainings on psychosocial tools for transformative assistance processes, design and implementation of psychosocial emergency response models, awareness of the comprehensive care needed for victims of sexual violence, and self-care strategies for public servants, IOM has contributed to the qualification of psychosocial, mental health and physical rehabilitation services provided by the Government of Colombia. With the objective of evaluating the impact of the strategies implemented by the Government and its partners and of measuring the psychosocial well-being and physical health of communities and individuals who access the services, monitor and evaluations tools and processes have been developed.
- Dari Recreational and Counselling Centre for Families in Baalbeck, Lebanon (2007-2013)
IOM continues to support the Dari Centre, which was established by the organization in 2007 to serve the affected population after the 2006 war. The Centre provides psychosocial support to Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs and the municipality of Baalbeck. The centre continues to offer a set of psychosocial activities, seminars, cultural events and specialized counselling sessions that aim to raise awareness and provide a safe space to both the refugees and the host communities. The activities at the Centre have targeted women, the elderly, youth and children. Syrian refugees and Lebanese of different age groups are benefiting from recreational activities, artistic mediation activities, educational sessions, support groups and discussion groups. In addition to that, counselling and psychotherapeutic services are being offered at the Centre by the Association for the Protection of Children in War.