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Access to services for people with disabilities in challenging environment Handicap International Amman – 2009
National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training The Family Guidance Center – Lebanon
Who are we? My name is Tarek Féghali,speech and Language therapist, representing “The National Institution of Social Careand Vocational Training- Beit Atfal Assumoud- the Family Guidance Center” Partners of HI Liban.
Our center provides mental health services to people in need, living in the Palestinian refugee camps and gatherings, in three major areas in Lebanon : Beirut, capital city; Tyre, in the South; and the North Through this participation, we aim to share and learn the best practices from around the world, concerning the delivery of services to persons with disabilities in challenging environments
Achievements Providing mental health services to children and adolescents, and their families Increasing outreach activities, through awareness-raising campaigns to psychiatric nurses, social workers, educators and parents
Strengths • Team/work Holistic approach • Moving towards a community approach • Good access as to affordability and acceptability
Obstacles Availability of services (variety of services and coverage of the growing need) Affordability (people unable of paying for some services, or moving to other areas to get the service needed)
Acceptability of the people with disabilities in society, and the stigma families might have for disabled children Inadequate environment and lack of adaptation for people with special needs
Opportunities Focus more on Prevention/Promotion Establish the center as a “training center” Reinforce relationship with UNRWA and major policy and services providers
“Go out of the center” to the community Increasing the number of NGO’s providing services Providing free-of-charge services to people, regardless of their cultural / political / ethnic background
Ensuring transportation fees to the services facilities Increasing the awareness of people around mental health and advantage of appropriate care Ensuring proper adapted structures for certain disabilities (in the domains of health, education, employment…)
??? The feasibility of home-based-care for people who cannot access services facilities