MEASURES LIBRARY

The Rapid Assessment of Mental Health Needs of Refugees, Displaced and Other Populations Affected by Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations (RAMH)

A qualitative, multi-sector tool used to rapidly assess the psychosocial needs and resources of individuals, families, and populations fleeing various forms of conflict and persecution. Developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and various partnering entities, the RAMH’s scope of practice cuts across various levels of focus and units of measurement. The tool, a combination of direct dat acollection and information gathered through discussions with governmental-and non-governmental officials, is appropriate for use in the earliest phases of an emergency. Prior to deployment into any emergency setting, RAMH assessment teams should first research affected populations, the nature of the conflict(s), and other helpful background information. Consisting of seven sections, the RAMH inquires about access to food, water, and education; the nature of the conflict and those affected by it; exposure to violence; pre- and post-conflict population characteristics; mental health resources; and recommendations for future community-based, mental health programming. Questionnaire items contain four response columns—Refugees (Yes), Refugees (No), Host Population (Yes), and Host Population (No)—in which assessors check applicable responses to questions about refugees andthe host population(s). While the RAMH is flexible in its requirements for team members’ credentials and professional backgrounds, it is important that, at a minimum, team members possess knowledge and skills in emergencies and refugee mental health. ARAMH assessment process averages 7 to 10 days.

Related Publications

Katz, C. L. (2011). Needs Assessment.Disaster Psychiatry: Readiness, Evaluation, and Treatment, 49.

Song, S., & Shaheen, M. (2013). Assessing the impact of violence and war on youth in low-and middle-income countries. In Child & Youth Care Forum (pp. 1-9). Springer US.

What it measures

Needs

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Refugees, forcibly displaced persons, and other populations in humanitarian settings

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Petevi, M., Revel, J.P., & Jacobs, G. A. (2011). Rapid Assessment of Mental Health Needs of Refugees, Displaced and Other Populations Affected by Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations: A community-oriented assessment. Geneva: World Health Organization

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