The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) reports that demand for its support remained high among seafarers and their families during the last financial year, says an article published on seafarer welfare website.
High Demand For Support
The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAb hu yaN) experiences significant demand for support during the financial year 2022-23.
ISWAN assists 8,602 seafarers and family members of 98 nationalities through its free, 24-hour helplines and humanitarian support provided by its international teams based in India and the Philippines.
Financial difficulties emerge as a primary concern, with contacts related to financial challenges more than doubling compared to the previous year, driven by programs like the Ukraine Crisis Support Fund.
Abuse, bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence (ABHDV) become a key focus, resulting in a 13% increase in contacts, particularly affecting women seafarers.
Psychological Health Challenges
Seafarers report psychological health problems, stress, and anxiety, emphasizing the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Mental Health Awareness
ISWAN conducts 57 Maritime Mental Health Awareness training sessions, recognizing the importance of mental health support for seafarers.
ISWAN operates 19 helplines commissioned by companies to provide specific support to their crews, reflecting the growing recognition of the value of dedicated helplines.
Simon Grainge, CEO of ISWAN, reflects on another successful year, highlighting the organization’s commitment to strengthening industry relationships and focusing on seafarers’ needs.
ISWAN expresses gratitude to principal funders and partners for their support in providing resources to seafarers and their families globally.
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Source: seafarer welfare