A high-ranking Swiss diplomatic delegation
headed by Ambassador Maya Tissafi, Deputy State Secretary & Head of MENA
Division, FDFA has visited on Tuesday, 14 June, 2022 Gaza Community Mental Health Programme to
be updated on the mental health state Gaza population in light of the
deteriorating humanitarian conditions and the successive crises that the Gaza
Strip is still experiencing.
The delegation also
included Mrs Justine Hessler, Desk Officer for the Near East; Mrs Laetitia Kirianoff, Deputy Head of Mission;
Mrs Liù Fornara, Senior Humanitarian Advisor; and Mr Jaser Abu Mousa , National Programme Officer.
Dr Yasser Abu Jamei,
Director-General of GCMHP; Dr Tayseer Diab, Deputy Director-General for
Professional Affairs; Mr Qusay Abu Odeh, Director of the External Relations and
Resource Development Department; Ms Aisha Al-Basiouni, Head of the Projects and
Fundraising Unit; Dr Akram Nafeh, Director of GCMHP Gaza Community Centre; Ms
Rana Ayyad, Head of the Administrative Affairs and Human Resources Unit; and
Rania Al-Sousi, a psychologist attended the meeting with the delegation upon
At the beginning of the meeting, Dr Abu Jamei made a presentation on the holistic services and interventions provided
by the Programme and the community roles it has been playing since its
establishment as well as its contribution to maintaining and protecting the
community wellbeing, resilience and cohesion, stressing that GCMHP is still working
with its full potentials and capacities and through networking and
collaboration with its partners to reach the largest number of beneficiaries from
different groups and ages, especially the most vulnerable groups.
presentation, Dr. Abu Jamei spoke of the challenges that GCMHP and the mental health sector have been contending
with, the most prominent of which was the large increase in demand on MH
services in recent years, explaining that this increase was a clear indication
of the crises people are going through.
Abu Jamei also expressed his appreciation of the continuous
Swiss support to various sectors, especially mental health and psychosocial
support, reiterating that GCMHP would not have been able to provide its
interventions without that support.
Following the meeting,
Dr Abu Jamei and staff members accompanied the delegation on a tour inside GCMHP
headquarters to introduce them to the service delivery approaches.