Gaza PTSD: a message from Akihiro Seita, director of UNRWA’s health programme

28 February 2013

28 February 2013
Jabalia, Gaza
Akihiro Seita

Whether you work for a large donor government, a foundation, a medical company or any organisation that wants to help; whether you are an individual with a modest income or a millionaire, you can act to help the victims of war. You can give to help UNRWA’s work in the area of mental health.

You can help us in strengthening our frontline health services. We need to have patient-friendly and patient-centered health services close to their communities. In order to make this happen, we have begun to introduce a family health team model in our 21 health centres in Gaza; the model means that a group of doctors, nurses and midwifes take a holistic approach to treating familiesGaza destruction, November 2012 as a whole.

This system is essential to ensuring that patients are always seen by the same team, regardless of the reasons for their visit to health centres.It promotes continuity of care and comprehensive care, which is very important in treating the victims of war.

In health centres in Gaza where the family health team has been introduced, we are already seeing improved care for people dealing with psychological issues.

 

So please: help us protect the victims of war. Support UNRWA’s health work by making a donation to our General Fund.

Thank you.

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Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at US$ 56 million.

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