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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-SC1-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SC1-2016-RTD

Coordinator

STICHTING VU
Net EU contribution
€ 1 067 411,48
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (15)

DANSK RODE KORS (DANISH RED CROSS)
Denmark
Net EU contribution
€ 537 402,50
Address
Blegdamsvej 27
2100 Copenhagen

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Region
Danmark Hovedstaden Byen København
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 762 875,00
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin

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Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS UK LBG
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 257 620,00
Address
Workspace 4 Mode 1-6 Centric Close Oval Road Camda
NW1 7EP London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
I-PSY PsyQ Brijder B.V.
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 120 343,75
Address
Metropolestraat 1
1315 KK Almere

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Region
Oost-Nederland Flevoland Flevoland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
HET KONINKLIJK INSTITUUT VOOR DE TROPEN
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 343 120,00
Address
Mauritskade 63
1092 AD Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 516 115,00
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 672 274,94
Address
Keppel Street
WC1E 7HT London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING WAR CHILD
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 786 386,00
Address
Helmholtzstraat 61 G
1098 LE Amsterdam

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
STICHTING ARQ
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 344 057,91
Address
Nienoord 5
1112XE Diemen

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ISTANBUL SEHIR UNIVERSITESI

Participation ended

Turkey
Net EU contribution
€ 122 423,34
Address
Orhantepe Mahallesi, Turgut Ozal Bulvari 21
34865 Dragos Kartal Istanbul

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Region
İstanbul İstanbul İstanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MULTECILER VE SIGINMACILAR YARDIMLASMA VE DAYANISMA DERNEGI
Turkey
Net EU contribution
€ 386 851,03
Address
Turgut Reis Mahallesi Fatih Bulvari No 306
34920 Istanbul

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Region
İstanbul İstanbul İstanbul
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Rue De Montbrillant 94
1202 Geneve

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Région lémanique Genève
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 46 875,00
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Australia
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 759 326,25
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 757 466,25
KOC UNIVERSITY
Turkey
Net EU contribution
€ 101 877,55
Address
Rumeli Feneri Yolu Sariyer
34450 Istanbul

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Region
İstanbul İstanbul İstanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00