1. Case Study for Contextualization of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines for Psychosocial and Mental Health Response in Emergencies
The Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is a global humanitarian body devoted to the improvement of humanitarian coordination. In 2005, the IASC established an IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergency Settings to address the need for concrete guidance on how to organize mental health and psychosocial supports in emergency settings which developed the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. Nepal is one of several countries in which case studies are currently being undertaken, to document inter agency efforts to promote and implement the Guidelines, as well as difficulties encountered and adaptation needs.
In Nepal, a Technical Group, cochaired by TPO Nepal and UNICEF, was established to provide oversight to the case study which is being undertaken by TPO Nepal. The Technical Group consists of representatives of 12 organizations including government, leading mental health agencies, donor organizations and INGOs. Major activities under the case study include translation of the guidelines into Nepali, and national level advocacy to promote awareness among emergency response actors of the Guidelines and the need for inclusion of psychosocial support in emergency response mechanisms.