Zeinab Hijazi

Job role: 
Mental Health and Psychosocial Expert and Consultant
Member type: 
Educator / Academic
Practitioner/Implementer
Researcher
Brief Biography: 

Zeinab Hijazi (MSc Public Mental Health, PsyD candidate). Mental Health and Psychosocial Consultant. 

Zeinab has over 10 years of experience supporting International Medical Corps’ MHPSS programs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and was in a regional advisory role for 5 years providing guidance and oversight in the development, monitoring, evaluation and running of culturally appropriate mental health and psychosocial activities in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen. Zeinab continues to consult with International Medical Corps', currently leading a global project to develop a toolkit for Integration of Mental Health into General HealthCare Systems.

Since 2015, Zeinab has completed various consultancies with UNICEF (New York) co-leading a global review of evidence and practice of MHPSS for children in Emergencies, and later in 2016 lead the development of a Compendium of Resources for the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of Community Based MHPSS programs, accompanying an operational guidance. Zeinab also completed a mission in March 2015 with the World Health Organization in Iraq (KRG), and was recruited the same year by MHPSS.net as an Independent evaluator, leading a team of 5 research associates, to assess performance, evaluate progress towards objectives and provide strategic direction for the MHPSS Network.

Zeinab has a Masters Degree (MSc) in Mental Health Policy and Services and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Approach: 
Policy and legislation
Empowerment and service user involvement
Advocacy
Task sharing
Technology
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
Regions of interest: 
Africa
Middle East
Asia
Europe
Setting: 
Community
School
Primary care
Population: 
Children and adolescents
Adults
Families and carers
Humanitarian and conflict health
Disorders of interest: 
All disorders
Country: 
United States of America

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Integration of mental health and psychosocial support services into primary healthcare in the Middle East

Training healthcare staff and paraprofessionals to provide mental healthcare and expand community and family supports
Region: 
Middle East
Population: 
Maternal and neonatal health
Children and adolescents
Adults
Older adults
Families and carers
Minority populations
Humanitarian and conflict health
Non-communicable diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, stroke)
Disability
Disorder: 
All disorders
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The Mental Health Integration Toolkit: An initiative to improve mental health integration programs within humanitarian settings

In celebration of the launch of International Medical Corps' (IMC) Toolkit for Mental Health Integration, MHIN interviewed Ashley Leichner (IMC), Zeinab Hijazi (UNICEF) and Fahmy Hanna (WHO), all of whom played a critical role in the development process of the Toolkit to share their insight on how the Toolkit was designed and developed, as well as its potential to improve and expand the horizons of mental health integration initiatives within humanitarian settings.
Approach: 
Task sharing
Prevention and promotion
Detection and diagnosis
Treatment, care and rehabilitation
Training, education and capacity building
Disorder: 
All disorders
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What is the Mental Health Integration Toolkit and How to Use it - Learn here!

This blog was written by the Technical Advisory Group for the Mental Health Integration in Humanitarian Settings Toolkit, developed by International Medical Corps. The blog discusses what role the Toolkit will play for the future of mental health integration in humanitarian settings, how it works to close gaps in mental health service delivery and how the Toolkit can be utilized by the different target audiences at different stages of set up.