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Fostering responsive mental health systems in the Syrian refugee crisis

Objective

STRENGTHS aims to provide effective community-based health care implementation strategies to scale-up the delivery and uptake of effective mental health interventions in different country contexts. The current refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East effects both individual refugees’ psychological well-being, as they face extreme stressors in their flight from their home country, but also has large effects on the healthcare systems of countries housing refugees. In reponse to this crisis, the STRENGTHS project aims to provide a framework for scaling-up the delivery and uptake of effective community-based mental health strategies to address the specific needs of refugees within and outside Europe’s borders.
STRENGTHS will outline necessary steps needed to integrate evidence based low-intensity psychological interventions for common mental disorders into health systems in Syria’s surrounding countries taking up the majority of refugees (Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan), a LMIC (Egypt) and European countries (Germany, Switzerland the Netherlands and Sweden). The consortium is a unique partnership between academics, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international agencies and local partners with the responsibility to provide and scale-up evidence-based mental health and psychosocial support interventions for refugees.
Key preparatory steps in the local political, regulatory and governance processes for uptake and scaling-up of the intervention and key contextual and system-related factors for integration will be validated for the real-life impact on the responsiveness of the system. The low-intensity interventions and training materials will be adapted and implemented in Syrian refugees within Syria’s surrounding countries taking up the majority of refugees (Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan), a LMIC (Egypt) and European countries (Germany, Switzerland the Netherlands and Sweden). STRENGTHS will disseminate and promote ‘buy-in’ of a validated framework for large-scale implementation of the low intensity interventions to providers of health and social services, policy makers and funding agencies.

Call for proposal

H2020-SC1-2016-RTD
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Coordinator

STICHTING VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 049 286,48

Participants (15)

DANSK RODE KORS (DANISH RED CROSS)
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 537 402,50
Address
Blegdamsvej 27
2100 Copenhagen
Activity type
Other
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 762 875
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS UK LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 257 620
Address
161 Ground Floor Marsh Wall
E14 9SJ London
Activity type
Other
I-PSY PsyQ Brijder B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 120 343,75
Address
Metropolestraat 1
1315 KK Almere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HET KONINKLIJK INSTITUUT VOOR DE TROPEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 343 120
Address
Mauritskade 63
1092 AD Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 529 240
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 685 231,74
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WAR CHILD
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 778 886
Address
Helmholtzstraat 61 G
1098 LE Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
STICHTING ARQ
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 344 057,91
Address
Nienoord 5
1112XE Diemen
Activity type
Other
ISTANBUL SEHIR UNIVERSITESI

Participation ended

Turkey
EU contribution
€ 122 423,34
Address
Orhantepe Mahallesi, Turgut Ozal Bulvari 21
34865 Dragos Kartal Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MULTECILER VE SIGINMACILAR YARDIMLASMA VE DAYANISMA DERNEGI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 386 394,23
Address
Turgut Reis Mahallesi Fatih Bulvari No 306
34920 Istanbul
Activity type
Other
UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue De Montbrillant 94
1202 Geneve
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Australia
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Anzac Parade
2052 Sydney
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOC UNIVERSITY
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 101 877,55
Address
Rumeli Feneri Yolu Sariyer
34450 Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments