The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSH&TM) is leading a three-year GCRF/ECSR-funded research project which aims to “support government and partners in strengthening the capacity of health systems to meet the mental health needs of refugees and host communities affected by protracted displacement in Lebanon.
In collaboration with multiple partners in Lebanon - including the National Mental Health Program of Lebanon, St. Joseph’s University of Beirut, ABAAD, War Child Holland (Lebanon office), and Positive Negatives - GOAL’s focus on capacity strengthening aims to “strengthen capacity on governance and health financing to build a resilient and sustainable health system addressing the mental health needs of refugees and host populations in Lebanon”. This will include identifying challenges/ barriers and facilitators to strengthening health systems addressing the mental health needs of refugees and host populations in Lebanon as well as providing support for institutions to conduct research and improve their governance performance (e.g., through providing professional mentoring and development programmes for individual researchers & support staff).
The Centre for Capacity Strengthening (CCR) will work in collaboration with LSH&TM and the Lebanese partners to support capacity strengthening for institutions and individual researchers to conduct research. By undertaking a research capacity strengthening assessment, CCR will identify existing capacity strengths and gaps, and will support partners to devise action plans to address capacity gaps and help partners to track progress by monitoring activity indicators. This work will help to strengthen the capacity of governance and health financing to build a resilient and sustainable health system.
For more information visit: The GOAL project page.
Project lead: Dr Taghreed El Hajj