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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.
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Coordinator

STICHTING VU

Address

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 Hv Amsterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 039 967,34

Participants (14)

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DANSK RODE KORS (DANISH RED CROSS)

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 537 402,50

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 762 875

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS UK LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 257 620

I-PSY MIDDEN & NOORD NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 120 343,75

HET KONINKLIJK INSTITUUT VOOR DE TROPEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 343 120

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 529 240

LONDON SCHOOL OF HYGIENE AND TROPICAL MEDICINE ROYAL CHARTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 685 231,74

STICHTING WAR CHILD

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 778 886

STICHTING WAR TRAUMA FOUNDATION

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 344 057,91

ISTANBUL SEHIR UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 233 620,03

MULTECILER VE SIGINMACILAR YARDIMLASMA VE DAYANISMA DERNEGI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 386 394,23

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

Switzerland

UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Australia

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH

Switzerland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 733337

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2017

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.6.

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 582 426

  • EU contribution

    € 6 018 758,50

Coordinated by:

STICHTING VU

Netherlands