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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 197-205

Challenges and opportunities for Rohingya mental health and psychosocial support programming

1 MD, MSc, ABPsyc, IMMHPS, Public Health and Nutrition Unit, UNHCR Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
2 MSc, MPH, Consultant Psychiatrist and MHPSS in Emergencies Consultant, Zagreb, Croatia
3 MSc, MS, Public Health and Nutrition Unit, UNHCR Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
4 MSc, MS and MPhil, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Officer, Gonoshashthaya Kendra, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
5 MD, PhD, Public Health Section, High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland

Correspondence Address:
Mohamed Elshazly
Public Health and Nutrition Unit, UNHCR Cox’s Bazar
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/INTV.INTV_49_19

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Mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has been acknowledged as an important component of the humanitarian response. Despite this recognition, MHPSS programmes are still facing many challenges. These challenges are related to the care delivery systems, to factors in the affected community or to the humanitarian emergency context. Examples of these challenges include language barriers, monsoon-related events, coordination of MHPSS services and community perceptions of mental health and mental health services. Drawing from local, regional and global experiences, we recommend practical solutions to overcome these challenges and improve the outcome of the MHPSS response to the Rohingya refugee crisis.

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