A project supported by WHO SDG3 recovery challenge funds strengthened intersectoral collaboration and coordination between mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) stakeholders working in emergencies. This has resulted in the first network of its kind in Brazil to improve MHPSS and equity, particularly for underserved groups such as populations migrating from neighbouring Venezuela.
The PAHO/WHO country office coordinated the project with the Brazilian Government and engaged stakeholders including UNHCR, UNICEF and IOM. The project included mapping existing MHPSS services, a virtual course for key stakeholders, establishing a technical MHPSS working group and a public awareness campaign around stigma. Participants reported that the training course helped them to better understand how to coordinate MHPSS for communities.
The project also connected different government resources and funding sources. Stakeholders are continuing to meet as a network, thereby strengthening the country’s formerly fragmented MHPSS landscape.
Venezuelan migrant child in the Shelter at Boa Vista, Roraima, Brasil.