MHPSS situation analysis in the IDP and refugee crisis in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq
WHO and UNHCR
In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) organized a joint mission to better understand the MHPSS situation, as part of the overall humanitarian response to the IDP and refugee crisis, in the three governorates of Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah in KRG. The mission aimed to identify gaps in the coordination and provision of MHPSS services for Syrian refugees, internally displaced Iraqi and host Iraqi communities, across camp, rural settlement and urban settings.
Experts leading the mission also sought to promote consensus around identified needs and problem areas, in addition to recommended MHPSS intervention standards and best practices among all stakeholders, resulting in the development of an outline of a roadmap for action on MHPSS with proposed recommendations in line with global and inter-agency standing committee (IASC) standards and guidelines.