Breaking the silence on the mental health impact of war
Ongoing conflict with Israel
Repeated wars|Skills shortage|Mental health impact
The 25-mile long, 6-mile wide Gaza Strip forms part of Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and is home to more than 1.5 million Palestinians. Armed conflict has broken out between Palestinian militants and Israel three times in recent years, in 2008, 2012 and most recently in 2014.
International Medical Corps began working in Gaza in 2008, after Israel launched a military offensive that displaced thousands of civilians and we still continue to provide life saving health care to the people of Gaza. Our response to each crisis has remained the same, providing emergency health care to those injured in the fighting, whilst also training mental health practitioners capable of delivering mental health services in the community.
The health and psychological consequences of this violence has been profound, particularly on the children of Gaza.
Mental health: World Health Organization statistics indicate that mental health disorders can increase by as much as 10% in areas of armed conflict. Since 2008, International Medical Corps have worked to increase the mental health services available to the most vulnerable in Gaza. Activities included, screening and treating patients with a range of mental health disorders
Training: We also train local health care workers to identify, manage and refer common mental health disorders such as mood swings and anxiety, as well as more severe afflictions such as schizophrenia. We also train health workers in how to take care of their own mental health whilst working in such difficult and often dangerous conditions.
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