• Mental health literacy of internally displaced Syrian young people and their parents in Syria: paving the way for mental health education and promotion in vulnerable communities.

      Hitchman, Eleanor; Slewa-Younan, Shameran; Cramond, Vanessa; White, Kate; Carrion-Martin, Isidro; Jorm, Anthony F.; MSF-OCA (2018-07)
      4. Objectives 4.1 Primary objective To determine levels of MHL relating to trauma related mental health disorders, namely posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among the displaced Syrian young people in northern Syria (see study population) . 4.2 Specific objectives 1. To estimate MHL relating to PTSD (and Depression) in a group of displaced Syrian young people (13-17 years old) and the parents of children (age 8-12 years old) pertaining to: a. Problem recognition (including “self-recognition”) b. Beliefs about the severity of the problem described and its prevalence in the target population c. Beliefs about causes and risk factors d. Beliefs about how best to support someone with PTSD/depression e. Beliefs about the helpfulness of specific treatments and treatment providers f. Beliefs about likely outcome with and without treatment g. Beliefs about possible barriers to treatment h. Stigma and perceived discrimination towards someone with PTSD/depression i. 2. To determine associations between specific aspects of MHL as outlined above, and individuals’ demographic characteristics (age, gender, religion, ethnicity, lengthen of displacement etc.) and symptom levels. 3. To estimate the prevalence of mental health distress (major depression, anxiety disorders or suicidality ) using the Self Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) in care takers of children 8-12 years old; 4. To estimate the prevalence of constructs of intrusion, avoidance and arousal in children 8-17 years of age in the study population; 5. To estimate the prevalence of self-reported depression in children 8-17 years old. The categories specified in objective 1 above were chosen because they were considered to be the aspects of MHL most likely to be of interest in informing the determinants of mental health and quality of life in the proposed population. Objective 2 which seeks to examine the associations between specific aspects of MHL and individuals’ demographic characteristics and symptoms levels is important because associations of this kind can indicate specific targets for health promotion programs.
    • Morbidity, healthcare needs and barriers to access medical care amongst local and displaced populations in west Dar’a and Quneitra, Southern Syria.

      Homan, Tobias; Shoaib, Muhammad; de Rosa, Allan; Alfadel, Imad Aldin; Stein, Susan; Khalaileh, Fadi; Al-Khalouf, Nahed; Bil, Karla; MSF-OCA (2018-07)
      Objectives 2.1 Primary objective To determine the health care needs for local population and IDP’s in west Dar’a and Quneitra by estimating the prevalence of underlying morbidities, vaccination coverage and identifying barriers to access to health care, in order to obtain a baseline that can guide MSF and actor response. 2.2 Secondary objectives The relevance of subjects for the (secondary) objective(s) has been informed by insights from reports of, and explorative meetings with MSF and medical NGOs active in southern Syria (section 3.2.3). Of the secondary objectives identified, similar objectives are reflected in MSF-ERB approved protocols for surveys conducted in the region. We formulated the objectives (and related indicators on page 15) as much as possible on basis of these approved secondary objectives . I. To describe the socio-demographic characteristics of the surveyed population including age, gender and household characteristics. II. To estimate the prevalence of self-reported morbidities in previous two weeks, an estimate of the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, and the main reasons for requiring medical care. III. To estimate the vaccination coverage for key vaccine preventable diseases in children aged 6-59 months. IV. To characterise health care utilisation, the degree of access to healthcare for common morbidities in the population (health seeking behviour) and determine the most common barriers to access to health care. V. To estimate the global acute malnutrition [GAM] rate of in children aged 6-59 months. VI. To estimate the prevalence of conflict-related trauma experienced during the recall period. VII. To what extent maternal and reproductive health services are utilized by assessed crisis-affected women of 15-49 years of age in this area. VIII. To estimate the retrospective mortality and cause of mortality, over the past 6 months (since Ramadan 2017). IX. To better understand the configuration of the health system following the crisis, the characteristics of care-seeking and the quality of the services.
    • Understanding the health status and humanitarian impact of the recent events in the internally displaced population (IDPs) in Tal Abyad and Manbij districts, northern Syria, 2017

      Malaeb, Rami; Lenglet, Annick; Langlois, Celine; White, Kate; Hussein, Shajib; de Boever, Rieneke; Onus, Robert; Desoulieres, Sophie; MSF-OCA (2018-07)
      Aims and objectives 2.1. Primary objective To estimate the prevalence of current illnesses (self-reported), vaccination coverage, and mental health distress related symptoms in the IDP population in order to obtain a baseline that can guide MSF response activities in Raqqa as well as in Tal Abyad and Manbij districts. 2.2. Secondary objectives 1) To estimate the vaccination coverage for key vaccine preventable diseases in children aged 6-59 months among the new IDP population; 2) To describe the demographic characteristics of the IDP population; 3) To describe the displacement routes and experiences of the IDP population; 4) To estimate the prevalence of self-reported morbidities in the previous two weeks; 5) To estimate the global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate of in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant women; 6) To estimate the prevalence of self-reported major chronic diseases; 7) To estimate the prevalence of symptoms commonly associated with mental health distress; 8) To estimate the prevalence of conflict-related violence/trauma experienced during the recall period (365 days); 9) To estimate the retrospective mortality since the beginning of Ar-Raqqa offensive in northern Syria (12 June 2016); 10) To gain more understanding related to the concerns, challenges and priority needs of the IDPs in the community.