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Colombia 12/20-22/2014

Cauca. A landslide leaves 6 dead and 5,500 affected families.   Flows of mud and stone from the Sambingo and Mazamorras rivers in the municipalities of Mercaderes and Bolivar in the Cauca isolated 25 thousand residents and destroyed 10 bridges (6 vehicular and 4 four pedestrian), in addition to several hectares of crops also destroyed. (m.c:. El Heraldo - ElEspectador).

Guatemala 12/20-22/2014

CONRED evacuated 24 people from their homes and several other were damaged after  a collapsed. Fortunately there were not victims in this incident.   A Regional CONRED representative, Cristian García, reported that although they are six homes at risk, only one had severe damage while moderate damage was observed on another.   (m.c.: PRENSALIBRE)

Colombia 12/20-22/2014

Cauca. A landslide leaves 6 dead and 5,500 affected families.   Flows of mud and stone from the Sambingo and Mazamorras rivers in the municipalities of Mercaderes and Bolivar in the Cauca isolated 25 thousand residents and destroyed 10 bridges (6 vehicular and 4 four pedestrian), in addition to several hectares of crops also destroyed. (m.c:. El Heraldo - ElEspectador).



Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean

Many publications addressing mental health issues in disaster situations have been produced in the last decade. Nevertheless, the specific reality of the Caribbean, with its limited number of mental health professionals and its high vulnerability to natural hazards, requires material that specifically addresses these characteristics and reflects the latest developments and approaches. This new publication is directed to Caribbean health sector managers, community workers and other disaster and health professionals. It provides guidance on improving mental health and psychosocial support primarily in two phases of the disaster cycle: preparedness and response, and to a lesser extent, recovery.

It is expected that, as part of other activities, health authorities will encourage the use of this book to organize training for those who are involved in post-disaster assistance. While most mental health professionals are already knowledgeable about the topics discussed in this book, they may be less familiar with the reality of a post-disaster environment, in which their particular expertise will form part of the health sector response.

This publication is only available in PDF format, and can be downloaded in its entirety or by chapters. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read the files. Download the software for free from the Adobe website.

Complete book (2 Mb)

Please note that if you are reading this publication online, or if you have downloaded the publication (or an individual chapter) to a computer that is connected to the Internet, the reference links at the end of each chapter will be active. If you have downloaded and are reading a print version of any part of the document, you can still access the reference links by typing the link into your browser.

Section I: Introduction and Background Information

Section II: Mental Health and Psychosocial Issues

Section III: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Interventions

 

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