If You Could Only Choose Five Psychotropic Medicines: Updating the Interagency Emergency Health Kit

  • The Interagency Emergency Health Kit is a box with medicines and medical supplies designed to meet the expected primary health care needs of people exposed to major humanitarian emergencies.
  • Previous editions of the kit have been inadequate to help people with severe mental or neurological disorders.
  • The challenge to be addressed was to propose the inclusion of one medicine for each of five classes of psychotropic medicines.

Mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings: linking practice and research

This review links practice, funding, and evidence for interventions for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing in humanitarian settings. We studied practice by reviewing reports of mental health and psychosocial support activities (2007–10); funding by analysis of the financial tracking service and the creditor reporting system (2007–09); and interventions by systematic review and meta-analysis.

Research priorities for mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings

  • There has been a great need to develop a research agenda to strengthen mental health and psychosocial support in humanitarian settings; prior research in this area has had limited inputs from practitioners.
  • We developed a consensus-based research agenda for the next ten years through inputs from an interdisciplinary group of academics, policy makers, and practitioners (n = 82) representing regions where humanitarian crises occur.

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Topic 1: Developing an awareness of Ubuntu values within Burundian communities

Developing an awareness of Ubuntu values within Burundian communities.

Collective Healing : A Social Action Approach. Supplement to support sustainable use of Narrative Theatre

Healing is not an event, it is a process done with the support of many


The Centre Ubuntu is Non-Profit Organisation based in Bujumbura, Burundi. In 2005, the Centre adopted Narrative Theatre as a main strategy to strengthen the social fabric of the communities they serve, and to facilitate healing in areas traumatised by war.

Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers

Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers


Anthology of resources: Psychological first aid for low and middle income countries project 2009-2010

The following is a collection of resources gathered in 2009-2010 for the project to develop a Psychological First Aid Guide for low and middle income countries. Resources were reviewed to inform the project, and included for their interest and relevance to the theme. We appreciate all of those who have contributed to this body of work and those who shared their resources for this anthology, with a special thanks to suggestions from the World Health Organization, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Ethnocultural Aspects of PTSD: An Overview of Concepts, Issues, and Treatments

The present article offers an overview discussion of ethnocultural aspects of PTSD, with special attention to major conceptual issues, clinical considerations, and therapy practices. The historical circumstances leading to the widespread acceptance of PTSD among conventional mental health professionals, and the subsequent criticisms that emerged from scholars, humanitarian workers, and ethnocultural minorities are presented as an important background to the current controversial status of the concept, especially with regard to arguments regarding the ethnocultural determinants of PTSD.

The trauma of truth telling: Effects of witnessing in the Rwandan Gacaca courts on psychological health

AbstractTruth telling has come to play a pivotal role in postconflict reconciliation processes around the world. A common claim is that truth telling is healing and will lead to reconciliation. The present study applies recent psychological research to this issue by examining whether witnessing in the gacaca, the Rwandan village tribunals for truth and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide, was beneficial for psychological health.