United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UNFPA: "It's great that FCDF was able to have all these psychological services in one place. I'm interested"

 United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director of the UNFPA:

“It's great that FCDF was able to have all these psychological services in one place. I'm interested”



Dr. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, visited the Family Counseling and Development Foundation today in Sana'a as part of her visit to Yemen.

During the visit, Dr. Natalya was briefed on the integrated psychological treatment services provided by FCDF.

“I sincerely thank you (FCDF) for its interventions to benefit the Yemeni women and families,” she said.

She added that the Foundation's vision of happy and healthy women and girls was one of the visions shared by UNFPA.

She expressed great admiration for the Foundation's integrated psychiatric services in one place and free of charge, as the case receives medicine and psychological sessions, as well as a friendly zone for their children receiving psychological service in the same place, and said “We are proud of what we were able to accomplish together.”

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been looking forward for more years of partnership with FCDF, hoping that peace will prevail in Yemen.

“now that prospect of peace is coming in Yemen, you are going to have so many clients” she said.

Talking to Dr. Bilqis Jubari “You were able to play a special and unique role in Yemen. The situation, I think, is very promising because of people like you, because of so many people and my team in the United Nations are working together" Dr. Natalia said, adding that "what I like about your program is that you have a vision for the steps, so that we can always start planning from today; and what we are going to need after tomorrow.”

Mr. Luay Shabaneh, Regional Director of UNFPA, expressed his happiness with the visit to FCDF and the specialized services it provides.

Mr. Shabaneh said the Yemeni Center for Family Counseling expresses a noble idea by the determination and work in a scientific way, which cannot always be found in many foundations in the Arab region.

"We have to create a large team in this country that is able to deliver these services, and that's one of the strategic goals we look forward to in the future," he said.

He explained that continuing to work with these noble ideas is success itself.

Mr. Shabaneh said UNFPA is committed to partnership with the Foundation and supporting it, wishing the foundation every success in serving Yemeni people and Yemeni women and girls to get the life they deserve.

Dr. Bilqis Jubari, founder and chairwoman of FCDF, spoke about her experience in founding Family Counseling and Development Foundation and the stages she went through to reach this level of success in providing psychological treatment services, despite the many difficulties and obstacles she faced.

“At first, I thought that the foundation would not be very popular with people seeking psychological help, but I was surprised that they came even from rural areas and took the burden and costs of accessing this center in order to get the psychological treatment services it provides,” she said.

"Over the past 10 years, we have worked to change people's attitudes towards psychotherapy and help overcome stigma. Our specialized and distinctive services have earned people great confidence, which has made them very much accept it." Dr. Bilqis said.

“What makes me sad is that at times we have to return some of the cases that come to the Foundation because of the lack of medicines,” she said.

Dr. Jubari said that one of the quick and effective solutions to provide mental health services to those in need, given the limited number of specialists, is the presence of a mobile team to provide psychiatric services in all Yemeni provinces while working to train and qualify a number of cadres in the field of treatment and psychiatry.

Dr. Jubari praised the role of UNFPA in contributing and helping the center to continue to provide its psychological treatment services to all Yemenis.