Providing vital mental health treatment to migrants & refugees: A conversation with Dr. Essam Daod.

Dr. Essam Daod is a Palestinian psychiatrist, psychotherapist, medical doctor and human rights activist who currently resides in Haifa, Israel.

In 2015, Essam and his wife, Maria Jammal, founded Humanity Crew, an international aid organization that, as its website has stated, “deploy[s] mental health and psychosocial support to displaced populations in order to improve their mental health and wellbeing, to restore order in their lives, and to prevent further psychological escalation.”

The bulk of Humanity Crew’s work focuses on the Mediterranean region, where migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East in particular have been fleeing their homes for relative safety in Europe for nearly 10 years now.

In 2018, Essam became the first-ever Palestinian citizen of Israel inducted into the TED Fellows program and he delivered a must-see talk at that year’s flagship TED conference, TED2018.

Because both mainstream and independent media have only sporadically reported on the so-called “European” migrant and refugee crisis over the past decade, and because their coverage of the ongoing catastrophe has dwindled to almost nothing at present, it was excellent to have Essam join us for this episode to discuss and deconstruct the crisis with facts on the ground.


You can find Humanity Crew at and

Essam is on Twitter, too:

And here’s his website:

Essam’s talk at TED2018:


::Facts on the Ground::


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