Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) is a non-profit civil organisation which was established in 1990. Working in the fields of Mental Health and Human Rights, we strive to improve the Palestinian community’s mental health through providing clinical, social, research and training services in addition to gathering support and advocating for the rights of women, children, and victims of violence and human rights violations. In recognition of GCMHP’s ongoing work for nearly three decades, the Programme and its founder, the late Dr. Eyad El Sarraj, were awarded many prestigious international awards in the fields of Mental Health and Human Rights. GCMHP works within strategic plans which are developed on a regular basis according to the needs of the community. We believe in the values of integrity, transparency, social responsibility, good governance and respect for human rights. The Programme has an executive administration which implements action plans and is held accountable before the Board of Directors. The latter is part of the General Assembly of the programme which consists of thirty five members from various professional and social backgrounds.
Gaza Community Mental Health Programme is a leading organisation in the fields of mental health and human rights in Palestine.
Guided by the principles of justice and human rights, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme provides inclusive, integrated, and specialised community mental health services in Palestine.
1 - Contribute to improving the mental health situation of the population in The Gaza Strip.
2 - Support the capacity of professionals and other actors to provide appropriate focused care.
3 - Strengthen GCMHP’s leadership role through implementing model procedures, protocols, and research.
Respect for human rights, providing mental health support to victims of human rights violations, advocating the right to mental health. Enhancing equal access – for women and men, boys and girls – across The Gaza Strip so that all people’s mental health needs are met.
Equitable access to mental health services through accessing networks and awareness materials, encouraging referral for those in need of mental health support. A special emphasis is placed on reaching out to the most vulnerable including persons living with a disability or suffering from high levels of trauma. A flexible response approach ensuring marginalised groups, areas impacted by new eruptions of violence, or emerging and urgent needs can be responded to.
Commitment to professional ethics and respect for the privacy of the target groups under the care of GCMHP. Case files are kept strictly confidential and not disclosed without the consent of the client (patient) and/or family. Being mindful that actions and services respond to assessed needs, and placing physical, social, emotional, and mental wellbeing at the centre of the care provided.
GCMHP is a non-political, independent organisation. It is not influenced by political parties or ideologies. Mental health care is provided solely on the basis of need, without discrimination or preference.
Committed to organisational efficiency, building on available resources and capacities of the organisation. Optimum use of its available resources to provide effective services delivery. Accountability to the financial supporters, donor agencies, and communities it serves.
A professional, credible, and reputable organisation delivering its services based on international standards and evidence-based research. Multi-layered and integrated services and support are provided and are tailored to the needs of the persons requiring support.
General and Vascular Surgery Specialist, Former Director General at the Ministry of Health, and Former Director of the European Gaza Hospital.
Director of the Women's Health Department at the Ministry of Health, Family Medicine Consultant, Certified Trainer of Family Medicine, Chair of the Committee to Combat Violence against Women, Chair of the Breast Cancer Early Detection Committee, member of the Maternal Mortality Committee.
Principal of Al-Karamah School - East Gaza
United Nations Adviser
Director of the Projects Department at the Ministry of Health MSc Public Health, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Islamic University
A neurosurgery doctor at Al Shifa Hospital, Higher diploma in mental health
Senior consultant ophthalmologist, head of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility, mayor of Gaza.
Consultant and head of the neurosurgery department at Shifa Hospital
A Palestinian psychiatrist, who is one of the most prominent symbols of national work and a pioneer in the field of mental health.
Yasser Abujamei is a psychiatrist with training from The University of Birmingham, UK; the Free University-Berlin, Germany; the Islamic University of Gaza; the Kaunas University of Medicine, Lithuania; and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association, Israel. Abujamei was a member of the Task Force that developed the Palestinian National Mental Health Strategy for 2015-2019. His work focuses on advocacy and policy change, integrating mental health and human rights, resilience, surviving torture and post-graduate mental health education. He has been with the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme since 2004 playing different supervisory, clinical and research roles. He assumed the leadership of the institution in 2014 and continues to serve as the general director overseeing the general operations of the programme in providing world-class mental health care with the limited resources available.
Education A three-year training program for supervisors (Institute for Communication, Mediation and Supervision, Austria). Counselor Supervision Certificate. An eight months training (Birzeit University, Center for Continuing Education). Diploma in psychiatric Practice. A two years Post – graduate study in the theory and Practice of Psychiatry, with its application to mental health planning, provision, monitoring and development. (United Medical and Dental Schools of London and Ain Shams Faculty of Medicine, Cairo). A three-year postgraduate Training Program Psychotherapy, (Tel – Aviv University, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, School of Continuing Medical Education) Bachelor of Medicine and general surgery ( Baghdad University ) Baghdad – lraq Professional Experience Rotation – internship, Shifa hospital, Gaza (1989 - 1990) Psychiatrist at GCMHP (1991 and on). Team leader& Clinic Director GCMHP,Jabalia 1991-1997 Member of Human Rights Committee, GCMHP,92 and on Member of Drug Abuse Committee, GCMHP,1992-1999 Senior Medical Director , GCMHP ,1997 - Sept.2005. Human Rights Project Officer , GCMHP 1998-2001. Children Project Officer , GCMHP 1998-2001. Member of the Academic Board for Post graduate Diploma in Community Mental Health ,GCMHP 1998-2001 Local Teacher at The Post-Graduate diploma of Community Mental Health, GCMHP, Teaching Clinical psychiatry Module Senior Clinical Supervisor, GCMHP Stress management trainer Teaching clinical psychiatry – Islamic University Local trainer on supervision in coordination with international trainers from (OPSI) Office for Psycho-Social Issues- Germany.
Dr. Diab received his PhD in Psychology from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere in Finland. He did a Rehabilitation Services Diploma as part of a joint program with Mount Royal College in Canada. Then, he worked in the field of rehabilitation at the Society for the Care of Handicapped People from 1989-1990. Dr. Diab received his bachelor’s degree in Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary in Canada. After graduation, he worked as a rehabilitation worker in various organizations in Canada. Further, he studied a diploma in Management in Canada. Upon his return to Palestine, he graduated from the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Mental Health offered jointly by Islamic University and Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP).
Dr. Abu Zarqa is a Psychiatrist and a Consultant in Forensic Psychiatry. He studied at King's College London and did a Diploma in Psychiatric Practice at Ain Shams University. He also studied at the Sackler Faculty at the University of Tel Aviv. And he has a diploma in Clinical Supervision from the University of Berlin
Education Palestinian Board of Internal Medicine (June 2016). Passed MRCP 1 Written, Royal College of Physicians, London, May 2013. Community Mental Health Diploma (2008 – 2010) Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Islamic University – Palestine. MBBS, Faculty of Medicine, Sanaa University, Yemen.2006. Emergency-first aid, general organization of teaching hospitals & institutes .Al- Thawrah Hospital. Yemen.(2003). Professional Experience Director of Dair- Elbalah community Center: Gaza Community Mental Health Program, Psychiatrist: Gaza Community Mental Health Program Quality Management Director: Al -Shifa Hospital, Gaza. Internal Medicine Specialist: General Medicine Department, Al -Shifa Hospital, Gaza, Clinical Instructor: Faculty of Medicine, Al-Azhar University, Gaza. Clinical Instructor: Faculty of Medicine, Islamic University Gaza Medical Registrar: General Medicine Department, European Gaza Hospital. Senior House Officer, Emergency & General Medicine, European Gaza Hospital. House Officer Sep. (1 year rotation) General surgery, Medicine, Paediatrics and Obs & Gynae Al Shefa Hospital
Mr. Abuodeh holds MBA and BS.c degree in economics and administrative sciences. He is results-oriented, initiative, creator and innovation based personality of strong entrepreneurship traits. Recognized and well known professional within the project management field through his work in many sectors including Culture, IT, Agriculture, and Health. His experience focused on designing and writing projects proposals, for both business and development, as well as the provision of consultancy services and capacity building/training in the areas of time and communication management/marketing management, monitoring and evaluation and program /project management.
Education Diploma in Development Leadership, Coady International Institute, Saint Francis, Xavier University Nova Scotia-Canada. Diploma in security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders. Social Organization, the department of Online Training at Protection International- Brussels. Master Degree in Public Health track Health Management, Al Quds University- Jerusalem. Bachelor of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship as major with minor Marketing, Al Quds Open University-Gaza. Diploma in Secretarial Work, Near East Council of Churches-Gaza Professional Experience Head of Administrative Affairs and Human Resources, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme – GCMHP Human Resources Director, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme – GCMHP Director General Assistant for Admin and Finance, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme-GCMHP Executive Secretary and Director General Assistant, Gaza Community Mental Health Porgramme-GCMHP.
Dr. Hamam graduated from the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Bethlehem. Later, she obtained a diploma in Community Mental Health from GCMHP in partnership with the Islamic University of Gaza. She also has a diploma in Clinical Supervision and Child Psychodrama. She has worked in prestigious institutions before joining the GCMHP team
Education Master of Psychology 2015 – Islamic University, Gaza- Palestine. Post Graduate Diploma (Community Mental Health). 2003. Islamic University of Gaza & Gaza Community Mental Health Program. Bachelor in Nursing .1999 - Islamic University, Gaza- Palestine. professional experience Head of Capacity and Training Unit, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme; Systemic family therapy specialist, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme Psychiatric Nurse, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme; Child counselor/Crisis intervention project, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme Self-care and Stress management trainer, Gaza Community Mental Health Program.
Education Diploma in Nursing (R.N.) Qualified School of Nursing Gaza. B.S. in Nursing from Al – Quds University Al – Quds. 8 Weeks Course in Community Mental Health form Arizona University U.S.A. 2 Years, Diploma in Community Mental Health from Islamic University and GCMHP. 2 Weeks Course in Public Health form Olso University. M. A. in Psychology form Islamic University. Professional experience Staff Nurse & Supervisor in Pediatric Hospital & Psychiatric Hospital. Psychiatric Nurse & Senior Nurse at the GCMHP. Community Mental Health Specialist and psychologist GCMHP. Founder and director of Day Treatment Programme at Deir El Balah. Children Committee Coordinator Member of Children Committee