TUNIS, 14-15 November 2019
The AMAL Steering and Technical Committee members gathered in the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis on 14-15 November to reflect on progress achieved in the project during its first 10 months of implementation and to analyze if any changes are needed concerning its objectives: strengthening mental health services, raising awareness about mental health, and training of health actors. The meeting was a milestone in the project, drawing recommendations from the previous trainings for general practitioners on mental health disorders delivered in the Faculty of Medicine of Tunis. Special attention was also drawn on building synergies with other European Union funded health projects in Libya.
During the first day of meeting, after a general presentation of the project, the participants reviewed together the different pillars of the project. Then, Nebras and HI presented the different activities and trainings planned for the second year of implementation (2020).
During the second day of meeting, Steering and Technical Committee members discussed the creation and validation of a mental health training diploma. Synergies with other EU projects were considered. Finally, Libyan senior mental health professionals shared their vision for mental health service delivery clear strategic plan and de-institutionalization into a community approach.
The meeting was a significant success in strengthening coordination between the implementing partners (HI and Nebras) and the Libyan Ministry of Health, and in fostering consensus among participants on the way forward for AMAL project
With the support of the European Union, Handicap International and its partner Nebras (Tunisian Institute for Rehabilitation), in collaboration with the Libyan Ministry of Health, Libyan universities, the Faculty of Medicine and the University of Tunis El Manar, have launched in December 2018 a three year project entitled “Action for Mental Health Assistance in Libya” (AMAL).
The project is part of a broader initiative of the European Union to Improve Availability, Access and Acceptability to Quality Health Services in Libya. Specifically, the AMAL project aims to improve access to and quality of mental health care services in Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata.