A delegation from the Swiss Agency for Development
and Cooperation visited on Wednesday, 16 December, 2020, Gaza Community Mental
health Programme to be briefed on the Programme’s interventions and work
mechanisms during the emergency situation of Covid-19 pestilence which has
widely spread in the Gaza Strip.
The delegation, which included
Mr Thomas Jenatsch, Deputy Director of SDC, and Mr Hussam Manna, Senior Programme
Manager of the SDC office in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, was received by Dr
Mohammad Abu Shahla, Head of BoDs; Dr Yassir Abu Jamei, Director General; Mr Qusai
Abu Odei, Director of External Relations and Resource Development; Mr Issa
Nahal, the treasurer; and Ms Rawya Hamam, Director of Training and Scientific
The delegation was taken in a
tour in the Programme’s facilities to see the actual work of the teams under
the emergency situation.
Afterwards, the delegation sat
with GCMHP management to the listen to the briefing on the latest development
of the mental health situation in the Gaza Strip in the shadow of the pandemic and
how the services have been adapted to match the new needs.
Dr Abu Shahla explained how
the pandemic deepened the negative impact of the political and economic challenges,
resulting in more psychosocial problems that affected the whole society, not
least the vulnerable.
Dr Abu Jamei, on his part,
made a presentation on the procedures that GCMHP took to overcome the huge
challenges that resulted from the compound issue of the political; blockade and
the pandemic, providing examples about the types of interventions made and the
Ms Hamam, also talked about
GCMHP interventions with children, explaining that the psychological challenges
they face have become more prominent recently.
In addition she made a comparison between the situation before after Covid-19.
At the end of meeting, Dr Abu
Shahla thanked the SDC delegation for their support for GCMHP in providing services
to the Palestinian community.