IOM Middle East Assessment Tools: Psychosocial Needs Assessment in Displacement and Emergency Situations

Number of Pages: 
46
Year: 
2010
Electronic copy only
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The assessment, carried out between November 2007 and January 2008 among 200 families (800 people) in the two countries, revealed that more than half of those interviewed disclosed distress factors including panic attacks, anger, tiredness, sleep problems and fears. The study also stressed that despite their obvious problems and need for psycho-social assistance; Iraqi refugees are unlikely to refer to such assistance due to a traditional stigmatization of mental health problems, the lack or difficulty in accessing appropriate services in the two countries and the lack of outreach on this issue among Iraqi migrant communities. The report recommends urgent interventions in order to avoid long-term psychological problems and to help alleviate the immediate sufferings of the refugees, as well as providing training to community and health professionals in order to create national response systems and to avoid the overuse of medications in dealing with symptoms. 

Table of contents: 
  • Introduction
  • Analysis of Literature
  • Information Related to the Questionnaires for International, National and Local Stakeholders
  • Information Related to the Qualitative Questionnaire for Households
  • Observations
  • References
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