Webinar: “MHPSS Coordination in Humanitarian Response” (English)

Webinar: “MHPSS Coordination in Humanitarian Response” (English)

Webinar: “MHPSS Coordination in Humanitarian Response” (English)

20 March 2018
1:00 p.m. UTC

MHPSS.net is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Webinar on “MHPSS Coordination in Humanitarian Response”.

To find out what time this online meeting will take place in your location please click here.

How to join the webinar:

Registration: Please fill in your details using this link.

Please note that we have a limited number of spaces for online participants and so we advise you to complete registration as soon as possible. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. This webinar will not be streamed live on the MHPSS.net YouTube Channel.

“Coordination helps to ensure that (a) all aspects of the humanitarian response are implemented in a way that promotes mental health/psychosocial well-being; (b) specific mental health and psychosocial supports are included in the humanitarian response. In order to do this, MHPSS actors must agree on an overall strategy and division of labour that equitably support emergency-affected communities. Poor coordination can lead to ineffective, inefficient, inappropriate or even harmful programming” (IASC, 2007).

Dr. Fahmy Hanna, Dr. Michael Copland, Nour Kik and Dr. Rabih El Chammay will explore the IASC MHPSS Guidelines’ key actions for effective coordination, and share challenges and lessons learned from the application of this guidance within the MHPSS response to the Syrian crisis.

About the Presenters:

Dr. Michael Copland is the Global Coordinator of the Child Protection Area of Responsibility led by UNICEF. He has over 20 years of professional experience in managing humanitarian field operations and child protection programming including postings as a technical specialist on child release and reintegration programs in Sri Lanka, Uganda and South Sudan. Michael holds degrees in Social Work and International Law from the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he worked as a family counsellor and group program clinician in adolescent mental health services.

Nour Kik is a public health professional and currently the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator at the National Mental Health Programme, Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon. She is leading the coordination of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Task Force which aims at ensuring an effective, coordinated and focused inter-agency response to the MHPSS needs of persons living in Lebanon, with a special focus on persons affected by the Syrian crisis. She also coordinates the development process of mental health related strategies and plans and efforts to mainstream mental health policy in other sectors.  She has a special interest in Public Mental Health and more specifically in Public Policy and inter-sectoral coordination for policy coherence.

Dr. Rabih El Chammay is a psychiatrist and currently the head of the National Mental Health Programme at the Ministry of Public Health in Lebanon. After founding the programme, he led the development of the first National Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy 2015-2020 aiming at reforming the Mental Health System in Lebanon towards community-based mental health services inline with Human rights and latest evidence that is currently under implementation. He is a member of the Department of Psychiatry at the faculty of Medicine at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. He has special interest in Public Mental Health and more specifically in Refugee Mental Health and health system strengthening. He has been working on these topics in the MENA region as well as on the international level with various agencies such as WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, IMC and many other NGOs for the last 10 years.

Dr. Fahmy Hanna has more than a decade of experience in mental health services and its development in low and middle income settings. He previously served at the WHO office in Damascus /Syria as a Technical officer on mental health during the current crisis in the country, and previously worked at the WHO office in Libya from 2011 to 2014 as a mental health advisor providing technical support for designing and implementing a successful scale up program for mental health. He also served at WHO EMRO office as Technical officer on mental health and substance abuse during 2010-2011. In 2014, he moved full-time to WHO in Geneva, where his main areas of work include monitoring of global mental health plans and activities, and technical assistance to countries on mental health service development. He contributed to the development of a number key WHO products including WHO Mental Health Atlas 2014 and mhGAP Intervention Guide Version 2.0. Since July 2017, Dr Hanna is representing WHO as the co-chair of the Inter Agency Standing Committee for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies.

About the Moderator:

Marcio Gagliato is a clinical psychologist, with a Masters degree in social psychology, and is currently undertaking doctoral research on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Humanitarian Settings from the Global Public Health perspective. Since 2015, he has been a part of the MHPSS.net team, with lead responsibility for supporting ongoing humanitarian emergencies. From 2008-2009 he was awarded a Human Rights fellowship from Columbia University (New York). Over the past decade, he has worked with several organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross (Gaza 2014-2015, Iran 2016), International Organization for Migration (Libya 2012-2014), the Center for the Victims of Torture (Zimbabwe 2010-2011), Save the Children (Brazil 2009-2010) and CARE international (USA-HQ and East Central Africa Region 2008-2009). He regularly undertakes work focusing on a wide range of MHPSS management programmatic areas, especially in emergencies and protracted crises.


If you are unable to join the webinar meeting live, a link to the recording of the meeting will be later posted on MHPSS.net
If you have any queries regarding the online consultative meeting, please contact Renata Reali via e-mail at renata@mhpss.net or via WhatsApp at +55 11 99815-4597.

We hope to see you in the Webinar room!

– the MHPSS.net Team –

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