Support to Gaza Community Mental Health Prog 15/18 - Support to Gaza Community Mental Health Program

Activity identifier

Gaza Community Mental Health Program has applied to Sida for continued funding of SEK 23,700,000 over a period of three years 2015-2017. The overall objective of the intervention is to provide high quality, integrated and specialised mental health services to enhance and sustain the Palestinian Society's wellbeing, based on the principals of justice, humanity and respect for human rights. This will be achieved through the three program components: 1) Contribute to improving the mental health situation of the population in the Gaza Strip. 2) Contribute to developing the capacities of professionals and other actors shaping the mental health system in the Gaza Strip. 3) Enhance the performance of GCMHP through ongoing institutional development and knowledge management driven by research. GCMHP's total budget is SEK 50,675,200 out of which Sida will fund SEK 23,700,000. In addition, Sida sets aside an additional amount of maximum SEK 500,000 for a follow-up review at the end of the second year of implementation. ******** Supplementary decision 2018 The overall objective of the intervention remains unchanged, along with the three program components given that GCMHP's strategic plan of 2015-2017 has been extended by one year to cover 2018. GCMHP has successfully completed an organizational restructuring process and significantly reduced their deficit. GCMHP has applied for 7,900,000 SEK- an amount consistent with Sweden's yearly disbursement to GCMHP since 2015. By the end of 2018, Sweden's total contribution to GCMHP since 2015 would be 32,435,000 SEK. GCMHP's total budget for 2018 is approximately 26 MSEK. During 2018, GCMHP will focus on their community mental health model, and implementing and evaluating their newly adopted policies (gender mainstreaming, integration of accounting and procurement softwares in the management information system.)

Expected results

The overall objective of the intervention is to provide high quality, integrated and specialised mental health services and to enhance and sustain the Palestinian Society's wellbeing, based on the principles of justice, humanity and respect for human rights.


Inspite of all the challenges in Gaza, GCMHP has managed to carry on with their activities for 2017 as planned. GCMHP has reached 20,230 direct beneficiaries (disaggregated by sex and age) through community interventions, awareness raising sessions, rehabilitation and therapeutic services, and capacity building services. The major causes of humanitarian vulnerability in the Gaza strip increased in 2017, compared with the previous two years. The poor political, economic and social conditions of Palestinians contributed to increased psychosocial stressors and created an urgent need for psychosocial and mental health interventions. To respond to the psychological impact of the harsh context, GCMHP continued to provide its services based on the principles of justice, humanity, and respect for human rights.  GCMHP’s specialized therapeutic services were provided to 2,804 new (727) and follow-up (2,077) individuals (1,544 males–55%--and 1,260 females--45%). The three GCMHP community centers, located in Gaza city, Deir El Balah and Khanyounis received 727 new cases.  These were 83 boys and 54 girls 1-10 years of age, 67 boys and 63 girls between 11-18 years, 115 men and 78 women 19-30 years, 97 men and 134 women 31-60 years old, and 36 women above 61 years. GCMHP has provided its specialized mental health services to twice as many beneficiaries as planned. Additionally, the number of callers who benefited from GCMHP free telephone counseling service during the year 2017 was 1,317 callers, with female callers at 62.6% and male callers at 37.4 %. These callers asked for advice or consultation for themselves, a family member or a friend. In light of these figures, there was a priority given to the quality of clinical services provided to the huge number of cases.  One of the major achievements for GCMHP in 2017 was being awarded a prize of 'Excellence and Creativity in Achievement' by the Welfare Association. GCMHP has continued to cooperate with other actors in Gaza such as the Ministry of Education, Al Qattan Foundation, the Culture and Free Thought Association, Islamic Relief, the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, and Aisha Association for Women and Child Protection, by conducting the last series of training on psychodrama for children. The purpose of the training was to graduate Certified Child Psychodramatists who could offer an added therapeutic value in the local mental health sector. GCMHP has also worked with UNRWA on social interventions at schools. Another major achievement for GCMHP in 2017 was the approval of funds from the 'Arab and International Commission to Build Gaza Fund' for the second phase of construction of the permanent GCMHP HQ building.  Furthermore, the quality of GCMHP's therapeutic interventions was measured by using clients' satisfaction questionnaires with direct beneficiaries, and the total satisfaction rate is 94.4%. In terms of progress with pursuing research studies, an ethical approval was granted from the Ethical Board of Stellenbosch University (South Africa) and the Palestinian Health Council of the Ministry of Health in Gaza (Helsinki Committee) for six proposals on mental health, including timely topics, such as: suicidal ideation among university students in Gaza, and on integrating a public health and human rights based approach to mental health.   On the organizational side, GCMHP has developed its quality assurance mechanism through developing some qualitative indicators to test the monitoring and evaluation and the gender mainstreaming policies. GCMHP also succeeded in covering its financial deficit through exhaustive fundraising efforts and maintaining long-term partnerships with donors.   In 2017 GCMHP's patient referral system has improved, such that more than 400 cases were referred to GCMHP from women protection organizations, the child protection working group and mental health and psychosocial support cluster's members. The Ministry of Social Development considers GCMHP a main strat



Granting agency
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Implementing organisation
Developing country-based NGO
Aid type
B01 - Core support to NGOs, other private bodies, PPPs and research institutes
Palestine 2015-2019


Palestinian Territory, Occupied


Medical services


Activity length
2015 – 2019

Financial information

Paid per year (net value)
2015 USD 937 207
2016 USD 962 426
2017 USD 924 301
2018 USD 909 049
Total paid amount (net value)
USD 3 732 983
Total committed amount


DisbursementThe amount placed at the disposal of a recipient country or agency.
Type Description Receiver Org Transaction ID Date Value
Commitment---2015-01-01USD 3 788 571
USD 937 207
USD 962 426
USD 924 301
USD 909 049

This post shows the annual total amount of disbursements for this particular activity. For the current year, the figure reflects the total amount of disbursements up until the date of the latest data update. The date of the latest data update is available on Openaids startpage.




Results, outcomes and outputs

Review of project performance and evaluation

Focus areas (policy markers)

Marker Principal objective Significant objective Not targeted
Gender Equality
Aid to Environment
Participatory Development/Good Governance
Trade Development
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Mitigation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Framework Convention on Climate Change - Adaptation
Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Convention to Combat Desertification
Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH)


Activity data from IATI