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NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY PALESTINE 2015-2019

Palestinian Ministry of Health Country Resources Mental Health Strategies and Plans occupied Palestinian territory 15 June 2015 Policy document strategy

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The present National Mental Health Strategy for the period 2015-2019 represents a concerted, collaborative effort on the part of the various stakeholders in the Palestinian mental health system. This process of policy revision was led by the MoH who appointed two task forces in the West Bank and Gaza, composed of representatives of the WHO, the MoH, the Ministry of Education, the local NGO community, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and international donor community. The strategy represents a comprehensive overview of the general consensus as to the rational and effective development of the mental health system and services in Palestine, in order to best meet the needs of the Palestinian people. It is largely inspired by the WHO Regional Framework to Scale up Action on Mental Health in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and the WHO Mental Health Action Plan, while keeping its own specificities mostly due the very specific political and socio-economic context of Palestine. It takes a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach, through coordinated services from the health, education, and social sectors, with an emphasis on promotion, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, care and recovery.

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