|Haiti: Cooperation in mental health|
The earthquake in
In late January and early February, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) carried out the first mission to evaluate the state of mental health and psychosocial care, and it was found that urgent action was needed. The second mission was longer, and its purpose was to advance a plan of action to support
The Ministry of Health designed an intervention strategy with three levels. The first level consists of intervention clinics and mobile teams that give psychosocial aid to the population in new settlements. The second level includes health care centers that will also provide psychological care. The third level includes institutions that have the capacity to perform surgeries.
The most common psychosocial and mental health problems in Haiti include: anxiety and phobia due to fear of more tremors; sleep alterations and somatizations; depression due to the loss of family, loss of health, amputation or the loss of homes; and severe stress.
Only two public mental health centers are able to provide psychiatric care, the Psychiatric Center Mars & Kline and the Hôpital Defilée de Bedeut. Both institutions are in the West department, where the capital,
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