With aim of exploring ways of
cooperation in exchanging referrals, a delegation from the Palestinian Lawyers’
Syndicate – Sawasya Programme visited GCMHP.
The delegation included Mr Yousef
Salem, Coordinator of Awn Access to Justice Network in the Gaza Strip; and Hiba
Hijazi, layer at Legal.
Mr Qusai Odei, Director of the Department
of External Relations and Resource Development, and Ms Aisha Basiouni, Head of
Project Department received the delegation, which started the meeting with an
introduction about the role and activities of the syndicate in general and the work
it is doing in cooperation with Sawasya.
Mr Salem talked the types of the
services that are delivered through Sawasya programme for the vulnerable
individuals of the community, explaining that these services include all kinds
of legal aid, legal representation and consultation, whether for people in the
community or in the rehabilitation centres.
He added that this sector of beneficiaries
was noticed to be in need for psychosocial support as well as early mental
Based on this, the delegation
explored the possibilities of cooperation with Gaza Community Mental Health
Programme to provide support for their clients and families.
Mr Salem also proposed to create
reciprocal referrals between GCMHP and Sawasya Programme, through which legal
clients can receive psychosocial support, and the mental heal cases of GCMHP can
receive legal consultation and other legal aid services if they meet the
On his part, Mr Abu Odei,
provided an introduction about the work and services of GCMHP, expressing his
organization readiness to provide all the services needed, whether they are
counselling, specialized mental health therapy or awareness raising for both
Sawasys staff members or their clients.
It has also been agreed to have
another meeting to deeply discuss the mechanism of the work and cooperation
between the two organizations.