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    Doctors Without Borders Suspends It's Mental Health Services In Kashmir Valley

    Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières [MSF]) announced on September 22nd that due to escalating violence and the recent curfew in the Kashmir Valley, which has pretty much paralyzed the entire area, MSF has suspended all it's mental health services in the region.

    MSF says: "Since February 2010, MSF counselors, with the cooperation of (local) hospital staff, have been visiting patients and offering on-the-spot psychological assistance to victims of violence and their families (in Jammu and Kashmir). Since June, the program has counseled more than 600 people. MSF teams have also provided psychological support to members of the Indian security forces injured in the recent violence. MSF has been providing a wide range of mental health services in Kashmir since 2001, and particularly mental health first aid for the past six months. But given the curfew and the general security situation, MSF teams have had no access to the hospitals and thus are unable to conduct counseling sessions." 

    Martin Sloot, MSF’s head of mission in India said, “Our national staff has been confined to their homes. We have relocated our international staff to a safer place". 

    ~ Gauri

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