Intervention November edition

XLargeThumb.01198282-201511000-00000.CVThe November issue (13.3) of Intervention, the Journal of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Conflict Affected Areas, is released. It has interesting contributions that shows the importance of including local views and culturally specific understandings within any humanitarian programming.

That these values need to be applied more often throughout the field of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) becomes clear in the current refugee crisis, but how can they best be supported?

This broader, anthropological and inclusive view are highlighted in this issue by Karen Boswall & Ruba Al Akash. They show the different levels of problems, vulnerability and isolation of Syrian women and adolescent girls living in the ongoing and uncertain displacement along the Jordan border, some of which stem from the cultural codes and practices that are so important to them. This essential knowledge, of the clashes of the culture they are comfortable with and the reality of refugee life, urgently needs to be taken into account by policy makers and programme designers.

The need to include local views is also highlighted in the article, of Peter Ventevogel. He shows that mental health and psychosocial wellbeing are closely connected with the reconstruction, and places it within the Burundian societal context, through an exploration of local expressions and idioms.

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