Emergency Psychological Medication Support

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Mele Beneficiaries

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Female Beneficiaries

A society is not free from the spread of psychological problems, but these problems increase exponentially during wars. Wars are a fertile environment for the spread of psychological problems and mental disorders, and these problems and disorders are undoubtedly chronic diseases and need to use medications for a long time.

During four years of war, our country has gone through tough circumstances, and the suspension of salaries was enough to put two-thirds of the population in psychiatric disorders. This prompted FCDF to implement the Medication Project in a number of governorates of the Republic of Yemen over a period of 3 months, funded by the international organization OFID.

First Phase

Medication Project in 5 governorates February, March, April 2018

 

The project targeted more than 420 people with psychological problems from the poorest groups in the community in 5 governorates (Sana'a, Aden, Hajjah, Taiz, Amran).

The governorates were selected to be targeted in the Medication Project on the basis of the geographical area, areas of displacement and major cities.

The project has covered the medication for patients for more than 8 months, which enabled patients to stand on their feet.  Medications were distributed in two batches: the first was for 3 months, and the second was for 5 months.

Although psychiatric medications are expensive, which most cases cannot afford, the Project has distributed psychiatric medication to patients for free which helped many cases to regain their normal condition and to be able to support their families.

The medications distributed were for all psychiatric diseases, whether psychotic or neurotic. The distribution of medicines has been accompanied by psychological therapy and treatment sessions for patients.

As for the mechanism of implementing the project, it was done by gathering people to educate them, and then dividing them according to the number of the existing specialists and therapists, who distributed forms to the gathered people to collect comprehensive information on the cases to diagnose them. Based on the diagnosis, the medication was written to the case, and cards were given to them by which they received the medication. After 3 months, they received the other amount of medication, and group therapy was held to make them aware of the importance of psychotherapy. They then were connected to the hotlines in case they needed any inquiries or advice.

During the implementation of the project, the foundation has found how big was people's need for psychiatric treatment and medication, and that the distribution of psychiatric medications for these cases did not cover 1% of the needs.

The foundation also found that the poorest groups have a major number of psychological disorder cases. FCDF, therefore, has decided that those cases should be targeted by a larger project for all governorates that should be implemented over a year and not within a few months and linked to the services of the main centers.