A delegation from the
Palestine Solidarity Association of
Sweden has arrived in the Gaza Strip for a 3-day visit to follow up the project
that it jointly implements with Gaza
Community Mental Health Programme as well as some projects implemented by GCMHP
During their trip, the delegation visited GCMHP Gaza Community Center
and mobile clinics which are based in CBOs across the Gaza Strip, where they were briefed on the work systems, the referral
methods, beneficiaries’ accessibility and the services that are provided to
them based on their categories and cases.
In the mobile clinic, the specialists also provided the delegation with
statistics on the cases they have received over the past year and a half, and the most common problems and challenges
among these cases, explaining that most of them suffered from PTSD as a result
of experiencing violent events.
“This mobile clinic treated 227 cases whose conditions ranged from mild
to severe. The sever cases were referred to GCMHP community centre from more
specialized intervention. We have also
intervened with 13 suicidal-attempt cases, half of whom were children. Most of the cases that we have been treating are
affected by acts of military aggression,” said a GCMHP specialist at Jabalia
The delegation met with success stories of cases that had been affected
by traumatic experiences in the Gaza Strip. These cases were people who GCMHP
treated for severe psychological disorders that they had developed as a result
of losing their sight or their limbs.