Community Mental Health Programme has held the first day of the 8th
international conference, entitled “Mental Health in the Gaza Strip: An Area
Populated by Refugees”, at Almashtal Hotel in Gaza City.
the 3-day conference, 45 scientific papers, done by local and international
researchers, are to be presented. The papers provide science-based information
on issues related to mental health and human rights.
from different countries including Lebanon, Ireland, the United States of America,
Britain, Italy as well as others from the Gaza Strip and West Bank, are
presenting their studies at the conference, which is being attended by 500
participants, from the local and international communities, some of whom are
well-known for their expertise in mental health and human rights.
day consisted of three different sessions held under three different themes,
during every one of which a number of papers and studies were presented and
discussed by and moderated by specialized panels. Members of the audience who were attending
the sessions either in person or via the Zoom program also participated in the
discussions and raised some questions which were answered by the researchers.
of recommendations aroused from each sessions.
They are as follow:
The first session Venue 1:
is a necessity in having electronic university platforms contain messages on
health security and the importance of preserving the social matrix;
from the increase in social media use in bridging the gap created by Covid-19
is a necessity that all mental health professionals have a role in raising the
awareness of the society on corona pandemic.
The second session:
Creating developmental programmes for university students as
to motivate them to be creative and
innovative during their university lives and afterwards.
Changing the conventional educational systems and developing
the educational methodologies so as to help university students improve on the
academic, social and professional levels, and as a result. Lead them to improve
their mental health state.
Putting special programmes for improving professional
performance and psychological empowerment so as to promote the skills needed by
women who work at the MoH to face stress.
Putting special plans
and programmes to support girls, especially those with disabilities, in the
emergency situations so as to help them cope with the stressful times and
promote their awareness on self-protection, especially at refuge centers.
Modifying and realigning the refuge centers with the girls
need for privacy and in a way that guarantees their safety and security from
harm and violation.
Providing primary health care and midwifery services and
providing caregivers to deal with girls health problems as well as raising
their awareness on all types of GBV and how to protect their rights.
The third session
Paying special attention to PTSD which poses threat to all
the social groups, especially the underprivileged ones.
Paying special attendtion to improving the economic state of
the society and working on improving the personal skills of the amputees to help
integrate them in the society and be effective through incorporating them in
the different CBOs.
Working on raising awareness on the concept of mental
disorders in the primary care centres.
The necessity to invest more in mental health especially
after the breakout of pandemics, wars and political conflicts.
Creating projects to incorporate the marginalized groups such
as the aputees and those injured during the GMR protest, with the necessity of
providing them with the health care they need.
Doing more research on chronic diseases in the Gaza Strip
and casting light on the psychological impact on diabetic people.
Studying the interventions made in regard to wellbeing and
holistic state of security as well as self-care so as to relieve the symptoms
of anxiety among the GMR casualties.
Second session venue 2
Early detection of iron deficiency is of such a consequence in
preventing postpartum depression.
Supporting more studies on the impact of inflammations and
nutrition as well as the impact of good and bad dietary practices on mental
The importance of
aesthetic architecture in improving the health environment, especially for the
marginalized groups and extended families.
Reinforcing and improving medical documentation and the
standards of diagnosing mental health disorders of the patients of
hyperactivity and distraction based on MSD5, in addition to importance of good
communication between the patients the medical staff.
Providing the life essentials for the PKU patients,
especially their medications and special foods as well as educating them on
importance of mental health therapy in relieving the symptoms of this disease
and the impact it has on the individuals and the community.