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Refugee Health: At Home and Abroad

By William Bruno


Mental health is one of the most important and consistently unmet needs within refugee communities, particularly for those settled in Gaza. Risk factors for poor mental health such as stressful work or home conditions, gender discrimination, social exclusion, unhealthy lifestyles, risk of violence, medical comorbidities, and human rights violations, are pervasive. In light of this, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has been investing in mental health treatment for refugees in Gaza. Starting in January of 2016 they launched a pilot program in Saftawi Health Centre in Northern Gaza called Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS). The goal of MHPSS is to “fully integrate mental health care and psycho-social support within its primary care services”

Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Year: 2017
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