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برنامــج غــزة للصحـــة النفسيــة
GAZA COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
Website : www.gcmhp.net
E.mail : webmaster@gcmhp.net

 

q       التعريــف

   

    أنشأ بمدينة غزة في أبريل 1990 برنامج غزة للصحة النفسية كمحاولة لتقديم خدمة صحية نفسية لحوالي 720 ألف نسمة في القطاع من خلال برامج شاملة تم إعدادها لتغطي كافة مناطق القطاع من شماله حتى جنوبه.

    حتى إنشاء البرنامج على أبناء القطاع من نقص الخدمات الصحية النفسية آخذين في الاعتبار غياب الوعي لدى أفراد المجتمع بماهية المرض النفسي و أهمية دور الأسرة و المجتمع في علاج المريض و انتشار ظاهرة الدجل و الشعوذة كما كان للظروف السياسية و الاجتماعية و الاقتصادية التي عاشها الفلسطينيون خلال الأعوام الماضية في ظل الاحتلال و سياسته القمعية أكبر الأثر في ازدياد المعاناة النفسية و ارتفاع عدد ضحايا العنف.

    إن برنامج غزة للصحة النفسية يدعوكم لمساعدته بالتبرع لدعم أنشطته و رفع المعاناة النفسية الهائلة عن كاهل الشعب الفلسطيني و بناء البيئة الأساسية للخدمات النفسية لضحايا العنف في قطاع غزة و في باقي الأراضي المحتلة.

 

  • About GCMHP : The Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) is a Palestinian, non-governmental, non-profit organization established in 1990 to provide comprehensive community mental health services to the population of the Gaza Strip including therapy, training and research. It is one of the leading mental health organizations in Palestine.

    The Programme was established to fill the urgent needs of the population resulting from the Israeli occupation's neglect of providing basic services to the population, including mental health services. Also, GCMHP's establishment came at a time during which mental health concerns were multiplied as a result of recurring exposure to the stress and trauma caused by the policies of the Israeli occupation and the resulting social problems.

 

q       نبـــذة عن البرنامـــج

 

    برنامج غزة للصحة النفسية منظمة أهلية فلسطينية، تأسست في أبريل عام 1990م بهدف تقديم خدمات الصحة النفسية الشاملة للمواطنين في قطاع غزة بما فيها خدمات العلاج والتوعية والتدريب وإصدار الأبحاث. وهي من المنظمات الرائدة في مجال الصحة النفسية في فلسطين.

 

    يهتم البرنامج بتقديم الخدمات النفسية ومعالجة الآثار النفسية المترتبة على التعرض للصدمات والتوتر والعنف المنظم من قبل الإحتلال الإسرائيلي.  حيث يقوم البرنامج بتقديم أنواع مختلفة من العلاج النفسي عن طريق طواقم طبية متخصصة والعلاج باللعب للأطفال والعلاج الوظيفي وكذلك معالجة حالات الإدمان على المخدرات.  يهتم البرنامج بشكل رئيسي بتقديم خدماته لضحايا التعذيب من المعتقلين السياسيين المحررين وللأطفال المتعرضين للصدمات النفسية وكذلك النساء المتعرضات للعنف بكافة أشكاله.

 

    ويتبنى البرنامج فلسفة الخدمة القائمة على أسلوب العمل المجتمعي للوصول إلى أكبر عدد ممكن من الفئة المستهدفة من خلال حملات توعية جماهيرية لزيادة وعي الجمهور حول قضايا الصحة النفسية وللتغلب على مشاكل الجهل والخجل المصاحبة للمرض النفسي وذلك عن طريق المحاضرات واللقاءات الجماهيرية والمنشورات والمقالات.  وتصدر عن البرنامج مجلة دورية متخصصة في الصحة النفسية والعمل المجتمعي باسم أمواج بواقع عدد كل شهرين.  كما يقوم البرنامج بإصدار العديد من الأفلام والمقالات والمواد الإعلامية والتثقيفية للمجتمع المحلي.

 

    ويسعى البرنامج إلى رفع كفاءة موظفيه وقدراتهم العلمية والعملية عبر برامج تدريبية مختلفة، كما ويدرب البرنامج مهنيين وأخصائيين يعملون في المجتمع في مجالات الصحة والتربية والمرأة والطفولة وتنفيذ القانون لزيادة وعيهم حول قضايا الصحة النفسية وحقوق الإنسان.  ويدير البرنامج برنامج تدريبي لمدة عامين يمنح بموجبه الخريجين دبلوم عالي في الصحة النفسية المجتمعية.

 

    وللبرنامج مركز متخصص للأبحاث والتوثيق في مجال الصحة النفسية هو الأول من نوعه في قطاع غزة وقد قام المركز بإصدار العديد من الدراسات حول التأثيرات المختلفة للخبرات الصادمة والعنف المنظم بأشكاله المتعددة على الحالة النفسية للأطفال والعائلات الفلسطينية.

 

GCMHP : Summary of Annual Report 2002

 

q       GCMHP Activities

 

    Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Public Awareness: In 1990, GCMHP started out with one clinic in Gaza City. Since then, it has established 3 other clinics in Jabalia, Khan Younis, and Deir El-Balah to serve all areas of population concentration in the Gaza Strip. Medical teams in the clinics provide different types of psychotherapy including play therapy for children, as well as play therapy for children, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation for drug abusers. In addition, the Programme puts emphasis on the most vulnerable groups in society such as traumatized children, women victims of violence, and survivors of torture and other human rights violations.

    In general, the Programme provides mental health services to the whole population of the Gaza Strip with the philosophy of providing comprehensive community mental health service. Also, GCMHP provides some auxiliary services such as electroencenography (EEG), which aids in diagnosing organic and psychotic cases, physiotherapy for victims of torture suffering from physical symptoms of torture, and psychotropic drugs through a pharmacy in each clinic. Since 1990, GCMHP has treated approximately 14,000 clients.

    The Programme involves the family in the therapeutic process because of its important role in the success of therapy and rehabilitation. Psychosocial counseling is conducted with the family at the hands of GCMHP field workers. Also, the Programme is working with public and private primary health care centers as the most-frequented centers by clients. Working through these centers reduces the stigma attached to seeking a psychiatrist or therapist.

    Since its establishment, GCMHP has been carrying out public awareness campaigns in all parts of the Gaza Strip increase awareness about different mental health issues. Public meetings, brochures, posters, articles, lectures, workshops, and other tools are being utilized to reduce the ignorance about mental health and erase the stereotype linking it with insanity. In this regard, thousands of public awareness activities have been organized. Moreover, the Programme issues "Amwaj" magazine, the first specialized mental health magazine in Palestine, once every two months. The magazine is distributed to governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, and other local organizations.

    One month after the eruption of Al-Aqsa Intifada (on 28 Sept. 2000), the Programme launched its Crisis-Intervention Project to try and meet the psychological effects of Israeli violence that took the forms of killing, assassinations, bombardment, shelling, razing agricultural lands, home demolitions, and siege. Crisis intervention teams visit victims of Israeli violence to provide psychological support, conduct debriefing sessions, and follow up cases that require further care. In addition, the Project provides free telephone counseling services for those unable to reach the clinics because of the closures and siege.

    GCMHP has a special project dealing with female victims of violence. The Women's Empowerment Project deals with women victimized by political or social violence within the general framework of the Palestinian social fabric, and provides them with counseling, therapy, vocational training, public awareness lectures, and leadership training.

 

q       Training and Education

 

    GCMHP aims to raise the knowledge and practical skills of its staff through short-term and long-term training programs, and by hosting experts from different countries to train clinical staff and conduct professional supervision. Also, the Programme provides out-service training for people working in the fields of mental health, health, and law-enforcement to raise their awareness about mental health and human rights issues. In addition, GCMHP supports employees pursuing post-graduate studies and training opportunities in other educational institutions.

    One of GCMHP's priorities is to train as many professionals in psychiatry, psychology, sociology, and nursing as possible to form a capable group to provide mental health services for Palestinian society. Currently, and for the first time in Palestine and the region, a two-year Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Mental Health is now being offered in coordination with the Islamic University of Gaza and with the participation of seven international universities. The Diploma project aims to educate groups of mental health professionals and give them practical training opportunities in order for them to become qualified community mental health professionals. The Programme views this Diploma project as the first step towards establishing an Arab Institute for Community Mental Health Sciences that will be the first of its kind in the Arab Middle East, and will be a center of education, research, and exchange.

 

q       Research and Documentation

 

    GCMHP's Research Department has conducted 20 research projects regarding the size and distribution of mental illness in Gaza, and the effects of different types of trauma and violence on the mental health of Palestinian children, ex-political prisoners, and families.

    The Research Department is the first specialized center for research and documentation in the field of mental health in the Gaza Strip. Fifteen research papers have been published in international journals. These publications discussed a variety of psychosocial phenomena such as "The Relations between Traumatic Experiences, Activity, and Cognitive and Emotional Responses Among Palestinian Children," "Relationships between Traumatic Events, Children's Gender, and Political Activity, and Perceptions of Parenting Styles," "Home Demolition and Mental Health: Victims and Witnesses," and "Mental Health of Palestinian Women."

    In 1995, the Documentation and Public Awareness Unit was established to produce educational and documentary films about psychosocial issues such as rehabilitating victims of torture, traumatized children, and violence against women. This has proven to be a powerful public awareness tool. In addition, the Unit conducts and archives interviews with Palestinians who lived the 1948 Nakba, and documents important events affecting Palestinian and GCMHP activities.

 

q       نـــدوات / Conferences

   

     أقام برنامج غزة للصحة النفسية مؤتمره العالمي الأول في 13 سبتمبر 1993 بعنوان "الصحة النفسية و تحدي السلام" و لقد تصادف هذا الموعد مع توقيع اتفاقية إعلان المبادئ بين منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية و إسرائيل.

    ففي الوقت الذي كان عرفات و رابين يتصافحان في حديقة البيت الأبيض انظم المشاركون في المؤتمر إلى الشعب ليشاركوه الفرحة في شوارع غزة. لقد كان حدثا تاريخيا لا يمكن أن ينسى.

    تبعا للنجاح الباهر الذي حققه المؤتمر الأول يخطط برنامج غزة للصحة النفسية لإقامة مؤتمره الثاني بعنوان "الفلسطينيون و المرحلة الانتقالية : تأهيل و تطوير المجتمع". و بهذه المناسبة لأدعوكم للمشاركة في المؤتمر. نحن نعتقد أن نشاطات كمؤتمرنا هذا ستساهم في خلق تجمع مؤثر و خطير للذين لديهم اهتمامات بمجالات الصحة النفسية وحقوق الإنسان في فلسطين و البلدان الأخرى.

    GCMHP organizes international conferences and workshops for local and international experts to meet and exchange information and research on mental health issues. Also, these events aim to raise international awareness about the difficult situation confronting the Palestinian people.

    The Program has organized five international conferences, with the first one coming in 1993 on "Mental Health and the Challenge of Peace," in 1995 on "Palestinians in Transition: Rehabilitation and Community Development," in 1997 on "Health and Human Rights," in 1998 on "Sixth IRAP Conference on Forced Migration," and in 1999 on "Women in Palestine."

    In addition, the Programme participates in activities, organized by other organizations, dealing with community issues. And GCMHP has cooperation and coordination ties with a large number of local and international organizations working in the fields of mental health, research, health, and human rights.

 

q       Administration

 

    The GCMHP General Assembly elects a Board of Directors, which overlooks the activities of the Program and sets general policy. The Director-General runs the Program's daily affairs with the assistance of an Administrator and the heads of departments. The total number of part-time and full-time employees is 172. Also, the Programme has a Board of Advisors consisting of 22 international figures and experts in the fields of mental health and community work.

    GCMHP receives donations from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governmental agencies from different countries. The clients pay minimal fees for therapy and medication. Cases that cannot afford the fees are totally exempt.

 

q       Concepts

 

    Sound mental health is a product of the subjective feeling of well being and harmony with the environment. An oppressive environment is damaging to the self and to the community. We believe that the mental health worker should help promote basic human rights and join the community in striving for dignity, liberation, and peace.

 

q       Links

 

    Academic & Research Centers

 Alternative Information Center (AIC).
Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ).
Arab Thought Forum.
Birzeit Center for Research & Documentation of Palestinian Society (CRDPS).
Center for Palestine Research & Studies (CPRS).
Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies
Institute of Jerusalem Studies.
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information
Jerusalem Media & Communication Center(JMCC).
Muwatin-The Palestinian Institution for the Study of Democracy.
Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs(PASSIA).
Palestinian Center for Peace & Democracy.
Palestinian Diaspora & Refugee Center -Shaml
Palestinian Economic Policy Research Institute.
PANORAMA-Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & community Development.
Sabeel- Liberation Theology Center

Human Rights

Al Haq Online (Law in the Service of Man)
Arab Association for Human Rights, Israel.
Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR)
B'Tselem
Hanthala Palestine
Human Rights Action Project, Birzeit University
Inter-American Center for Human Rights
Law Center, Birzeit University
LAW: The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment
Legal Research and Educational Search Engine
Palestine Human Rights Information Center (PHRIC)
Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights
Salam Review

Arab and Palestinian Expatriate Links

American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee
American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee (Leb.net)

American Committee on Jerusalem AMPAL (Americans and Palestinians for Peace)
American Federation of Ramallah, Palestine
Arab American Action Network
Association of Arab-American University Graduates
Cafe Arabica
Leb.Net
National Association of Arab Americans
Palestinian American Congress (Arab American Activists)
Ramallah American Club of Jacksonville
Ramallah Club of Cleveland 

 

Educational Sites

Al Quds University
Al Najah University
Arab American University - Jenin
Bethlehem Bible College
Bethlehem University
Birzeit University
Birzeit University, Continuing Education Department (CED)
DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service Hebron University
Ibrahimieh Community College
Islamic University of Gaza (IUG)
Palestine Polytechnic Institute
Talitha KumiSchool, Beit Jala

Palestinian Women's Organisations

In'ash Al Usra Society
Jerusalem Center for Women
Women's Affairs Technical Committee
Women's Studies Center

  q       Members / Membres /  الأعضــاء

§         Dr. EYAD EL-SARRAJ / Chairman-Board of Directors

§         Mrs. RANA AYYAD  /Executive Secretary

§         Dr. AHMED ABU TAWAHINA / Executive Director

§         Dr. TAYSIR DIAB / Psychiatrist / Director of Mental Health Services  

§         Mrs. SHADIA EL-SARRAJ / Director of Women's Emp. Project

§         Mr. ABDEL HAMID AFANA / Director of Training & Education

§         Mr. SAMIR QOUTA /  Director of Research Center

§         Mr. HUSAM EL-NOUNOU / Public Relations Coordinator

§         Mr. Eyad Gharbiyeh / IT Dep.

  

Board of Directors

  • Mahmoud Al-Da'ma / Chairman Majid Abu Ramadan Member

  • Mohammad Abu Shahla / Vice-chairman Hisham Abu Shaban Member

  • Ihsan Al-Agha / Secretary

  • Samir Tarazi  / Member

  • Salah Abdel Shafi / Treasurer

 

Board of Advisors

  • Haider Abdel Shafi, Red Crescent Society, Palestine

  • Michael Adams, Palestine Studies Trust, UK

  • Federico Allodi, The Toronto Hospital, Canada

  • Omar Al Sarraj, Al-Wadi Consultants, Palestine

  • Ahmed Baker, Birzeit University, Palestine

  • Helen Bamber, Medical Foundation, UK

  • Barbara Harrell-Bond, American University, Egypt

  • Inge Genefke, International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims, Denmark

  • Robert Giel, University of Groningen, Netherlands

  • Asia Habash, Early Childhood Resources Center, Palestine

  • Sameh Hassan, Toronto Hospital, Canada

  • Edvard Hauff, Oslo University, Norway

  • Rami Heilbronn, Medical Foundation, UK

  • David Henley, Palestine Solidarity Association, Sweden

  • Bernard Lown, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA

  • Ruchama Marton, Physicians of Human Rights-Israel

  • Nancy Murray, Middle East Justice Network, USA

  • Ahmed Okasha, Ain Shams University, Egypt

  • Henrik Pelling, Child Psychiatrist, Sweden

  • Raija-leena Punamaki, Helsinki University, Finland

  • Derek Summerfield, NHS Trust, UK

 

Director-General : Dr. Eyad El-Sarraj

 

  q       Contact Information

 

      المقر الرئيسي:

 الرمال الجنوبي – الشيخ عجلين – مقابل النادي البحري لبلدية غزة ص.ب: 1049 ، غزة – فلسطين

 هاتف: + 972-8-2824073 , 2825710 , 2825700

  فاكس: + 972-8-2824072

                       pr1@gcmhp.net    rana@gcmhp.net

     عيادات البرنامج:

عيادة غزة: الرمال شارع الشهداء – خلف شارع الرشيد – هاتف: 2865949 ، 2828695

عيادة جباليا: الفالوجا – أرض أبو شرخ – مبنى صالة الكونكورد – هاتف: 2471399

عيادة دير البلح: شارع البلد – قرب محلات أبو شعبان – هاتف: 2537040

عيادة خانيونس: الشارع العام – حارة شراب ، بجوار دار الكتاب والسنة، هاتف: 2053977

 

     مشروع دعم وتأهيل المرأة

المقر الرئيسي: غزة – شارع الشفاء، بجوار مؤسسة التعاون ، هاتف: 2827245 ، 2823663

فرع مخيم الشاطئ: شارع اللبابيدي – بجوار صيدلية الزنط ، هاتف: 2854722

فرع دير البلح: البلد – بجوار المحكمة الشرعية ، هاتف: 2538610

فرع رفح: شارع البحر – مقابل مركز التموين ، هاتف: 2141611

 

GCMHP, Gaza Palestine P.O. Box 1049

Tel: + 972 7 2865949 

Fax: + 972 7 2824072

 

E-mail Contact Guide


Administration:
Dr. EYAD EL-SARRAJ  / Chairman-Board of Directors
Mrs. RANA AYYAD  / Executive Secretary
Mr. YOUSEF GHAZALI  / Finance Officer
Mrs. CHRISTINA ABDEL-SHAFI  / Project Officer

Departments:
Dr. TAYSIR DIAB / Psychiatrist / Director of Community Mental Health Services 
Mrs. SHADIA EL-SARRAJ  / Director of the Women's Empowerment Project
Mr. ABDEL HAMID AFANA  / Director of Training & Education
Dr. SAMIR QOUTA  / Director of the Research Department
Mr. HUSAM EL-NOUNOU  / Public Relations Coordinator
EDITOR OF AMWAJ MAGAZINE  / GCMHP's Bi-monthly Arabic Mental Health Magazine
Mr. SUHAIL EL-SALMEE, Mr. TAMER MANSOUR  / Video Center
Mr. EYAD GHARBIYEH  / IT Dep.

 

Document Code PA.0018

Gaza Community Mental Health Program

ترميز المستند  PA.0018

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