- The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Working Group (MHPSS SWG) organized an event for World Mental Health Day (WMHD) on 10 October 2018 at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH), Maiduguri. The event was organized as a joint-collaboration between IOM, Borno State Ministry of Health (SMOH) Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital (FNPH) and WHO. The event was organized with the intent to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. Translators Without Borders (TWB) supported the event by making information material available in 3 local languages: Hausa, Kanuri and Fulfilde.
- The MHPSS SWG supported the Psychosocial Support Training, organized by International Alert (IA) and IOM MHPSS unit. A total of 20 participants from IA and 5 participants from 3 National Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) Centre for Community Health and Development International (CHAD), Grow Strong Foundation (GSF), Life at Best Development Initiative (LABDI), attended the training. The MHPSS SWG provided information on the role of the SWG, existing referral mechanisms as pertain to MHPSS as well as the function and use of the IASC MHPSS advocacy package.
- The MHPSS SWG attended the Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) workshop on 21 November 2018, facilitated by IOM. The workshop introduced the following topics: a) Introduction to AAP; b) AAP in operations; c) Overview on application of AAP in NE Nigeria; d) Information sharing and participation; e) Feedback and complaints mechanism; f) Documentation and reporting.
- Organized a 2-day training on Mainstreaming of MHPSS and Protection to Government Officials in North-East Nigeria on 10 - 11 December 2018 with 25 participants from various Ministries and Government Agencies.
- The member of MHPSS SWG participated in the CCCM & Shelter workshop, Representatives from the SWG shared best practices and lessons learned in 2018. The workshop was centered around the following topics: a) Reception management; b) Site facilitation / camp management including the community engagement and participation, complaint and feedback mechanism; c) Integrated multi-sectoral responses. The importance of mainstreaming MHPSS across CCCM, Shelter and NFI programming was noted throughout the workshop.
- MHPSS SWG, IOM MHPSS unit and WHO organized a meeting with UNOCHA Head of Sub-Office/Humanitarian Affairs Officer in Yola, Adamawa State on 17 December 2018 and shared information on current MHPSS activities and the action plan to strengthen coordination, conduct capacity building activities targeting key stakeholders and ensure sustainability through local responders.
- The MHPSS SWG participated in the Adamawa Health Sector Working Group coordination meeting on 18 December 2018 and presented on: a) the purpose of field mission to Yola, b) the importance of ensuring the quality and standards of MHPSS interventions based on the IASC guidelines, c) training work plan the 2019 for Government Officials and Partners and d) ECOWAS and OFDA funding opportunities as pertain to psychosocial support activities. The meeting was chaired by the Hon. Commissioner of Health and co-chaired by WHO. The needs of MHPSS interventions were highlighted by the chair and co-chair, and they supported the works of MHPSS partners, emphasizing the importance of strengthening the overall MHPSS response.