PSYCHOSOCIAL PROGRAMME AT AL-AMAL CENTRE FOR CARE & PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTATION

Project PSYCHOSOCIAL PROGRAMME AT AL-AMAL CENTRE FOR CARE & PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTATION
Objectives

To develop a sense of fear, despair and depression and need tremendous efforts to rebuild their character and relieve their suffering.

Project Partners Emaar Society
Activities

Conducting psycho-social programme and psychological consultation to the communities in Gaza Strip.

Locations Gaza Strip
Period 2009
Accomplishments

The project also enabled local capacity to be developed in dealing with the cases as well as building administrative capacity within the center. Ibrahim Hammad, both a trained psychologist and the Centre Manager acknowledged that the work in the centre helped to develop his skills as a psychologist as well as his managerial skills.

MERCY Malaysia signed an MOU with Emaar Society to establish the Al-Amal Centre for Care & Psychological Consultation in June 2009. Initial setting up of the center and conducting of surveys were initiated in August, and by September the center was operational and started to receive cases.

Continuous conflict in Gaza left heavy psychological effects on the survivors of the crisis. Demolition of the houses, exposure to shelling, witnessing the remains of the victims and cruelties of war have imprinted deep psychological scars on the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip. In response to the stressful experiences, the people develop a sense of fear, despair and depression and need tremendous efforts to rebuild their character and relieve their suffering.

Ibrahim was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and he was lucky that his family sought for treatment. Psychotherapy may be viewed negatively by the community as some locals are unfamiliar with the concept of mental healthcare. The psychosocial efforts must then consider the culture and readiness of the society in order to give the needed support to the community.