Mental health and psychosocial support in conflicting Nigeria

Adesina MA1,2, Oladele RI1,2*, Olufadewa II1,2
1Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
2Slum and Rural Health Initiative Research Academy, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
*Correspondence: Ruth Ifeoluwa Oladele; +234 818 147 1741; oladeleruth@yahoo.com

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Abstract

Background: This paper aims to explore Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services in conflicting regions of Nigeria. It also describes the various services that are provided to address mental health and psychosocial problems that are characteristics of victims of conflicts. This study involved an extensive literature search of scholarly articles as well as quarterly updates from the MHPSS-sub working group in the North East and also guidelines laid down by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). A wide range of services are provided which includes but are not limited to psychosocial support for young children, mothers, youths and adolescents, primary health care package for internally displaced persons and health and nutrition protection services for vulnerable populations. Certain limitations such as poor humanitarian access, scarcity of resources and family and community separation have been identified as barriers to providing MHPSS services in conflicting regions. This article makes recommendations that may be useful in addressing these limitations. These recommendations would ensure continual provision of MHPSS services.

Keywords: Mental health, Psychosocial support, Humanitarian organizations, Limitations, Recommendations, North-East Nigeria.
Yen Med J. 2020;2(4):15 – 23.

Cite this article: Adesina MA, Oladele RI, Olufadewa II. Mental health and psychosocial support in conflicting Nigeria. Yen Med J. 2020;2(4):15 – 23.

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