A delegation from ‘Bread for the World’ Foundation has visited on Thursday, March 17, 2022 Gaza
Community Mental Health Program, with the aim of being updated on the
psychological state of the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip as well as
the work process of interventions made as part of their joint cooperation with GCMHP.
included Mr Evelyn Ebert, Program Officer in the Middle East and North Africa;
Mr Jens Halve, Director Programme Officer in the Caucasus and Central
Asia; Mr Francis Tanz, Financial
Adviser; and Mr. Ahmed Al-Sourani, the Foundation’s local financial advisor.
They were met by
Dr Yasser Abu Jamei, Director General; Mr Qusai Abuodeh, Director of the
External Relations and Resource Development Department; Mr Nael Mushtaha,
Director of the Financial and Administrative Affairs Department; and Ms Rana
Ayyad, Head of the Human Resources Unit; Ms Aisha Al-Basiouni, Head of Projects
Unit; and Ms Islam Olwan, Head of Finance Unit.
At the beginning of their meeting, Dr Abu Jamei made a presentation on the
services of the program, especially in emergencies, providing examples of the types
of challenges which face the specialists and GCMHP’s plans to deal with them.
The heads of departments and units also
briefed the delegation on work and roles of their departments do within the different
targets of the different projects.
meeting, which was held at the GCMHP headquarters, the delegation was taken on
a tour in the headquarters' facilities to see the the practical delivery of the
services provided to population.
then headed to the GCMHP Community Centre in Deir al-Balah, where they met with
Dr Imad Abed, the Director of the centre, and a group of specialists and
doctors who briefed the delegation on the center's activities, especially
occupational therapy services.
Dr Abed also
explained the stages of intervention followed with the cases and the goal of applying the occupational therapy
with some of these cases, elaborating on the effectiveness of this therapeutic
technique in helping cases restore self-confidence and reintegrate in society.
At the end of the
visit, the delegation thanked GCMHP for the serious effort it does to protect
mental health and support the resilience of the Palestinian population in the Gaza
Strip. Further meetings were coordinated to follow up the joint activities being
implemented within the partnership between Bread for The World and GCMHP.