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Title: A proposed approach for management of community mental health projects in areas of political conflict
Author: Saymah, Deya-Edeen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5351 3627
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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Background: The burden of mental disorders in post-conflict areas is higher than in countries where there is no conflict. Post-conflict areas lack the resources to respond to such high burden, resulting in a treatment gap. This study explored the potential for mental health reform in Gaza. Design: Mixed methods study. Methods: The WHO-AIMS questionnaire was used to assess mental health services in Gaza and documentary analysis was conducted to evaluate the Mental Health Policy and Plan. Healthcare professionals‟ mental health training needs were identified and policy makers, healthcare professionals, service users and carers took part in focus groups to elicit their perspectives on mental health reform. Framework analysis was used to identify recurrent themes. Results: Psychotherapy, recovery, family intervention and crisis management were rated priority training areas. Poor coordination between governmental and non-governmental organisations and short-term funding were identified as main barriers to mental health reform. Service users and carers felt excluded from service delivery and development and suggested possible models of partnership working with service providers to address exclusion. Conclusion: Meaningful mental health reform in post-conflict areas requires inclusive policy development, targeted staff training, improved coordination between different service providers, and partnership working between service providers and service users and carers.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine