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Updated eCBHFA features community-based psychosocial support and PFA training

eCBHFA is a community based programme where community members gather to discuss topics that affect their health and safety and address how to they can improve their communities. eCBHFA is IFRC’s revised version of the CBHFA approach which is now operational in 109 countries. eCBHFA comprises a comprehensive approach to primary health care, first aid… Read more »

A Faith-sensitive approach in humanitarian response: Guidance on mental health and psychosocial programming

Humanitarian agencies have become increasingly aware of the importance of religion in the lives of those they seek to assist and of the potential value of more effective engagement with local faith actors in humanitarian settings. Equally, however, there is concern about how to address these issues in a way that does not threaten humanitarian principles of impartiality and neutrality, nor risk heightening any existing religious tensions.

2017 Annual Report

In many ways, 2017 was a special year seen through the lenses of mental health and psychosocial support in the IFRC. International attention has never been so strongly focused on psychosocial support at field level, in research and at policy level.

Webinar: Psychosocial support as part of a FACT mission:

In this short lessons learned webinar, FACT delegates Zara Sejberg and Amelie Doyon recounts experiences and lessons learned from deployments to Bangladesh and Sierra Leone.   Amelie Doyon’s mission report can be downloadet here: Lessons Learned_Sierra Leone Amelie Doyon recommends using the IFRC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for psychosocial programming to set up M&E systems Zara Sejberg… Read more »

PFA webinar now available online

The past decade has witnessed a boom in Psychological First Aid (PFA) models, guidelines and manuals. They all build on the same principles of helping people in distress by ensuring safety, calmness, comfort, talking and listening, helping to identify needs, and helping to provide access to what they need. In spite of this, very few high-quality research studies support the effectiveness of PFA.