ICESCO webinar to discuss mental health and strengthening resilience during crises

ICESCO webinar to discuss mental health and strengthening resilience during crises

Rabat (UNA-OIC) – The high-level webinar, to be held by the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), on Thursday, will discuss one of the most impactful steps in the fight against the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is that of harnessing citizens’ mental health and psychological and social support in the context of crises and vulnerability.

The meeting will be graced by the participation of Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, as the guest of honor. The meeting will also see the participation of African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs Ms. Amira El-Fadil Mohammad El-Fadil, in addition to a host of prominent experts in the field of mental health and psychological and social support.

The meeting, to be opened by ICESCO Director-General Dr. Salim Mohammed AlMalik, is scheduled to kick off at 09:00 a.m. GMT (10:00 Rabat Time), under the title, “Harnessing Mental Health and Psychological and Social Support in the Context of Crises and Vulnerability”.

The event will be an opportunity to assess international organizations’ programs on mental health situations due to the crisis and discuss the prospects on how to alleviate them. It will also provide a platform to exchange field expertise among prominent practitioners and experts on the impact of crises on mental health and innovative psychological and social support mechanisms to address them.

The meeting is organized in three sessions, namely “Perspectives from Experts and Practitioners: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support to Build Resilient Societies”; “Gender-based violence and Mental Health”; and “The Way Forward”.

It is worth mentioning that this is the third meeting in the Webinar Series ‘Societies We Want”, held in cooperation between ICESCO Sector of Human and Social Sciences, the Policy Center for the New South, and the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of Mohamed V University in Rabat. The “Societies We Want” initiative was officially launched by ICESCO on 30 April 2020 to spread knowledge and implement innovative programs to contribute to building healthy, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive, and resilient societies, a goal proved crucial in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The live broadcast of the webinar will be available on ICESCO’s official Facebook page via the link: https://www.facebook.com/ICESCO.Ar/

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