An Irish delegation presided by the Irish Representative to the
Palestinian Authority, Mr Don Sexton, visited on Thursday, June 29, 2021 Gaza
Community Mental Health Programme in order to be briefed on the mental health
situation in the Gaza Strip and to be introduced to the interventions made by
GCMHP and other partner organizations to support the psychological wellbeing of
The delegation was met by Dr Yasser Abu Jamei , Director Genera; Dr
Taysir Diab, Deputy Director;, Mr Qusai Abu Odei, Director of External Relations
Department; Ms Aisha Al-Basyouni, Head of Projects Unit; in addition to Ms Amal Siyam, Director of
Women Affairs Centre, representing her organization.
Dr Abu Jamei delivered the welcoming speech in which he praised the Irish
people’s stand by the Palestinian people, and then made a presentation on the
mental health situation in the Gaza Strip which was deeply affected by the
pandemic and the recent Israeli offensive. He also explained the intervention
mechanisms used by GCMHP to provide mental health support for Gaza population in
cooperation with partner organizations, in addition to the challenges resulted
from the upsurge in demand on mental health.
Dr Abu Jamei also expressed his organistion’s appreciation for the great
role Ireland is playing to support the Palestinian cause, emphasizing the
necessity of continuing such support, especially at “this critical time in
which people are still enduring the impact of recent offensive”.
On her part, Ms Siyam explained
the services and activities that the Women Affairs Centre is providing side by
side with other partner community organizations to ease the impact of the distressing
events that the community is facing. She also made an appeal for the Irish
people to stand by the Palestinian people and keep advocating and lobbying for
ending the blockade, and also allowing entry for ovid-19 vaccines.
Mr Sexton, on his
part, expressed his people’s solidarity with the Palestinian people in general,
and the people in the Gaza Strip in particular, and praised the efforts made by
GCMHP and WAC together with the other community organization in supporting the
well-being of the Palestinian society, reiterating the point that the Ireland
would continue support the Palestinian people.
Mr Abu Odei also
provided a briefing on the types of interventions GCMHP provides, including the
free telephone counselling services and explained how it contributes to
identifying cases of different categories as well as data on the mental health
details on the telephone counselling , Ms Al-Basyoni presented statistics and
details on the cases that are referred from the hotline and what are the most
At the end of the
meeting, GCMHP and WAC thanked the Irish delegation for their visit which came
as part of the support and solidarity efforts done by the Irish government and