QRCS and WHO help Syrians with mental disorders by COVID-19 [EN/AR] – Syrian Arab Republic


June 26, 2022 ― Doha: The Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) Representative Office in Gaziantep, Turkey is working on a project to operate three mobile mental health clinics. With funding from the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health rapid response personnel are being deployed to help those affected by COVID-19 in northwestern Syria.

The goal of the project is to contribute to reducing mental morbidity and improving the psychological conditions of the population affected by the pandemic, by (1) improving the coverage of appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services; (2) improve the integration of mental health and psychosocial support services provided by targeted primary health care centers and mobile clinics; (3) including capacity building and knowledge transfer for local staff and community health workers (CHWs) in accordance with applicable international standards, guidelines and protocols (WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA); and (4) provide the equipment, drugs and facilities necessary for the proper functioning of these services.

Lasting until mid-October, the six-month project is benefiting a total of 9,600 internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities in several areas of northwestern Syria, such as Al-Bab, Salqin and Darkush, including 480 people with special needs. .

According to the WHO, it is estimated that one in 11 people (9%) living in an environment that has been exposed to conflict in the last 10 years will have a moderate or severe mental disorder. Among people who have experienced war or other conflict, one in five (22%) will suffer from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Interagency

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) recommends six interventions as part of the mental health and psychosocial support response during the pandemic. It emphasizes special attention to the elderly, children and patients with non-communicable diseases; the eradication of social stigma; and social messaging to raise awareness of mental health issues during the COVID-19 response.

The project provides integrated, high-quality and culturally appropriate mental health and psychosocial support services through three fixed and mobile mental health clinics targeting the local population, whether displaced people or communities of reception, where access to mental health services is very low.

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About the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is Qatar’s premier humanitarian and volunteer organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without bias or discrimination.

The QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and 192 National Societies. He is also a member of several GCC, Arab and Islamic organizations such as the Islamic Committee of the International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict areas, thereby serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian and social efforts – a role that sets it apart from other local charities and NGOs.

Locally and internationally, QRCS has relief and development operations in many countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America. Its humanitarian mandates include disaster preparedness, response, recovery and risk reduction. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, food, water, shelter and other needs of local communities. She is also active on the front lines of humanitarian diplomacy and advocacy.

With the help of an extensive network of trained and committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity, inspired by the seven fundamental principles of humanitarian action: humanity , impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

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