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and the availability of the CBOs able to provide additional psychosocial support at community level.

The International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) launched an appeal in April 2007 for health assistance to Iraqi refugees, including a provision of psychosocial support. This provision will be available in five primary care clinics; the first is currently running and two more will be opened by December 2007. The addition of two more clinics will have the capacity to provide 40,000 families in Jordan (and 60,000 in Syria) with health services over the next 12 months, including general medicine, dentistry, and essential psychosocial support. In addition, two psychosocial centers – one in Damascus and one in Amman - will be provided with funding and supplies over the next year to help alleviate the impact of war-related trauma through specialized counseling and vocational training.

The International Office of Migration (IOM), in cooperation with UNICEF, will conduct an assessment of the psychosocial needs of Iraqi refugees, to be completed by the end of January 2008. IOM has conducted similar surveys in Lebanon and Iraq using the RAP (Rapid Assessment Procedures) methodology. The survey will consider the psychosocial needs of Iraqis but not their mental health issues. The results of the survey will be shared broadly. The previously mentioned IOM survey of Iraqi IDPs in Iraq yielded valuable information.

Save the Children US will conduct a training of trainers for interested agencies working with children and teachers to address the psychosocial needs of children in schools. Save the Children is focusing on youth and young adults ages 14 – 24 in the areas of livelihoods, life management skills, and employability skills. Save’s psychosocial activities are integrated in both the formal and non formal education programs in the Ta’leem project. Save’s experience shows that providing educational activities, whether formal or non formal, is in itself a way of addressing the psychosocial needs of a community by promoting a return to normalcy, establishing a routine for children and youth, building self-esteem and self-worth, keeping active and productive. There is also a staff from Save Denmark working with the Jordanian government on child and family protection and violence issues.

UNHCR has conducted a survey with a beneficiary/ Iraqi refugees cluster groups divided by age and gender to identify the psychosocial and other needs.

The UNHCR Field Unit has begun conducting home visits to vulnerable Iraqis referred to them by CARE. These visits are conducted using an interdisciplinary team (six or seven staff) from Community Service, Protection and Field staff. UNHCR is also partnered with CARE to provide basic counseling and play therapy to vulnerable children. They are also interested in building the psychosocial capacity of small, local NGOs.

Noor Al Hussein Foundation has a variety of programming for community development and health. In 2002, they launched the Women’s Health and Counseling Center (WHCC) to empower women through comprehensive services including - physical, social, psychological, and legal services. They offer services that target women with gender-based violence and reproductive health issues, and also work with children who have disabilities. They operate a counseling unit staffed by a mental health practitioner and a psychologist.

The University of Jordan Department of Psychology is a small department with five faculty members, two of which are clinical psychologists. There are 100 students in the undergraduate program and ten in the graduate program. They would like to expand the training of clinical

Report of the ICMC / USCCB Mission – Protection Needs in Jordan


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