According to World Health Organization estimates among conflict-affected populations globally, approximately 9.6 million Ukrainians will experience mental health issues in the next 10 years. Mitigation has been hampered by the Soviet-legacy, highly centralized healthcare system; the pandemic’s impact, and the ongoing war.
In response to the growing mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) challenges in Ukraine, University Research Co., LLC (URC) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) co-hosted a hybrid webinar on May 25. Entitled “A Systems Approach to Mental Health Interventions: Lessons for Ukraine,” the event featured a panel, moderated by CSIS Senior Fellow Romina Bandura, with Earl W. Gast, President of URC, Dr. Regina Hechanova-Alampay, Chief of Party, URC, USAID RenewHealth; Implementation Science Collaborative (ISC) partner Dr. Amanda Nguyen, Research Assistant Professor, University of Virginia; and Dr. Paul Bolton, MHPSS Coordinator, USAID.
As Secretariat of the ISC, URC was uniquely positioned to help emphasize an evidence-driven method of supporting community-based MHPSS interventions in crisis-afflicted regions.