A delegation from the European
Union has visited on Thursday, august 18, 2022 Gaza Community Mental Health
Programme to be updated on the mental health state of Gaza population and the
interventions offered as part of the project that GCMHP is implementing in
partnership with the EU.
The EU delegation included Mr Joris
Heeren, Head of Governance Section; Ms Sara Dominion, Program Manager, Ms Marzia
Dalla Vedova, Program Manager of Governance and Conflict Resolution; Ms Muna
Nuur Mohammad, Programe Manager; Ms Basim Adwin, Program Manager; and Mr Ayman
Fteiha,EU Office Supervisor in Gaza.
The visit comes within the
framework of following up the mental health situation of children and parents
in the Gaza Strip and the most important challenges facing the mental health
sector, as well as the services provided by GCMHP in general and those provided
through project “Respect and protection of the rights to mental health for
women, men, girls and boys with and without disabilities victims/survivors of
human rights violations in the Gaza Strip”, which is funded by the EU.
The delegation was received by Dr
Yasser Abu Jamei, Director General; Mr Qusai Abu Odei, Director of External
Relation Department; Ms Aisha Basyouni, Head of Project Department; Ms Alaa
Al-Baba, the project coordinator. Ms Mariam Ashour and Ms Alaa El-Saraj,
representatives from the Women Affairs Center, also attended the meeting with
Dr Abu Jamei made a presentation
at the beginning of the meeting, briefing the delegation about the psychosocial
situation in the Gaza Strip, especially after the recent military escalation,
early in August, and the ensued challenges which face the mental health sector
in meeting the increasing demand by the population on the services.
On her part, Ms Al-Baba informed
the delegation about the progress of the project and the made achievements made in the period between
January and August, 2022.
Following the meeting the delegation was taken in a tour
inside GCMHP Gaza Community Centre to be oriented on the types of services and interventions
and how the population benefit from them.
The visit comes as part of cooperation and mutual work
between the EU and GCMHP, and which aim at supporting the mental health state
of Gaza population.