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Gong marks collaboration Dutch and International aid agencies


The directors of Antares Foundation, Healthnet TPO, War Child, War Trauma Foundation and The Netherlands Mental Health Experts employed by UNHCR, UNICEF and WHO sound the gong to mark the importance of psychosocial support in emergencies.

The efforts of the present collaboration of Dutch and International aid agencies is directed at assisting the millions of refugees by offering them the psychosocial support that they need. Emergency aid will become more efficient and attain more long-term targets if accompanied by psychosocial support. In order to elucidate this need, the above-mentioned organisations and Mental Health experts will meet on the 27th November 2014 during a round-table conference to speak to Dutch policy makers and members of the House of Commons. This meeting leads up to the conference of the Humanitarian Dutch Summit of 12 February 2015, which precedes the World Humanitarian Summit that will be held early 2016 in Istanbul on the initiative of UN secretary Ban Ki-moon.Co-chair of the IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergencies, Margriet Blaauw, sounds the gong.

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