Mental health and psychosocial support must be at the core of humanitarian NCD programmes

“The global epidemic of physical noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is occurring at a time when more people are affected by humanitarian crisis than ever before. The Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) NCD programme in Irbid (north Jordan) has served Syrian refugees and the host Jordanian population since 2014. One of the principle themes to emerge from a recent evaluation of the programme was the enormous impact of war and the refugee experience on NCD care delivery and patients’ self-management…”

Éimhín Ansbro, Research Fellow in non-communicable diseases in humanitarian settings, wrote about her experiences in mental health care working with MSF and Syrian refugees for NCD Alliance. Read the rest of her article on the NCD Alliance website here

Patient waiting to see MSF staff in Damascus

Patients in Damascus waiting to see MSF nurses and doctors. © N’gadi Ikram/MSF