Captain Stephen Russell, NEMA’s Director, addressing workshop attendees
During Dr. Devora's visit, she had the opportunity to meet with Capt. Stephen Russell, Director of the National Emergency Management Agency [NEMA] of The Bahamas, as well as members of the health cluster: Ministry of Health, Department of Public Health, Public Hospitals Authority, Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Royal Bahamas Police and Defense Forces, Ministry of National Security, Red Cross Bahamas Society and The Salvation Army. During the meeting, the various sub–sectorial plans to respond to disasters were presented and the need to incorporate various items related to mental health was highlighted.
Dr. Devora Kestel addressing workshop attendees during presentation
Dr. Kestel also used this occasion to meet with Mrs. Sharon Williams, Administrator of the Sandilands Rehabilitation Center, in order to assess the advancements made in the implementation of the WHO MhGAP in the country; review the strategy for developing the new model of care, and offer further assistance in the development of a training program on mental health for nurses, incorporating the new approaches in this area.
Dr. Devora Kestel talks to workshop attendees
On the final day of the visit, Dr. Kestel conducted a one-day workshop entitled: "Psychological First Aid During Disasters." Almost 40 representatives from different institutions attended this event.
Grosvenor Medical Centre, off Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas