Integrating mental health within the UNRWA family health team model

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

In the face of a shifting burden of disease – globally and regionally – and a population that is living longer, UNRWA transitioned to the Family Health Team (FHT) model of service provision in 2012. The person-centred, holistic approach focuses on the individual and their family, emphasizes the doctor-patient relationship, and aims to reduce wait times and increase contact time in an effort to improve the overall quality of care and thus, patient outcomes.

The next step in the Department of Health’s activities is to address an issue often neglected in primary health care (PHC) settings: mental health and psychosocial well-being (MHPSS). UNRWA is now prioritizing the integration of mental health and psychosocial support into its family health team approach. 

Integrating mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) services through the Family Health Team seeks to improve the quality of life for all Palestine refugees and their families. © 2016 UNRWA Photo by Hannah Wesley