Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees: Making the Case for Action at The World Bank Group

“Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees: Making the Case for Action at The World Bank Group”

Discussion Brief

Prepared by Patricio V. Marquez, Lead Public Health Specialist and Coordinator of the Global Mental Health Initiative, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice (HNP GP), The World Bank Group (WBG).

Contributions and comments were provided by Sheila Dutta, Senior Health Specialist, and Jaime Bayona, Senior Health Specialist, HNP GP, WBG, as well as by Giuseppe Raviola, Director, Mental Health, Partners in Health (PIH), Inka Weissbecker, Senior Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Advisor, International Medical Corps, Shekhar Saxena, Director, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization (WHO), Mark van Ommeren, Public Mental Health Adviser, WHO, Eliot Sorel, Senior Scholar in Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research, George Washington University School of Medicine & School of Public Health, Pamela Collins, Associate Director for Special Populations, Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health/Director, Office of Rural Mental Health Research, US National Institute of Mental Health, and Melanie Walker, Senior Adviser to the President of the World Bank Group.

Aakanksha Pande, Senior Health Economist, and Ana Holt, Senior Health Specialist, HNP GP, WBG, also contributed as part of policy discussions.

Overall guidance and support provided by Tim Evans, Senior Director, and Enis Baris, Program Manager, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank Group, as well as by Colin Bruce, Senior Adviser, Fragility, Conflict and Violence, The World Bank Group. Edited by Alexander Irwin. Operational support from Akosua Dakwa.

Support for the preparation of this report was provided under the World Bank Group’s Global Mental Health Program at the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice, cofinanced by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Mental Health Among Displaced People and Refugees: Making the Case for Action at The World Bank Group