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Colombia 8/27/2014

Sucre Department, Gulf of Morrosquillo: Oil spill. A state of Public Calamity has been declared due to an environmental emergency. Several beaches had to be closed, due to a spill of 500.000 barrels of oil, in Guacamaya, La Alegria and the mouth of the Pechelin creek. The Sucre Autonomous Corporation reported beach contamination and a visual of oil sheen in the waters of four tourist areas. (F.o:.CARSUCRE) m.: El Espectador)
Atlántico Department, San Juan de Tocagua:  Storm with gale-force winds left 20 houses flooded and with damaged roofs in the southwest area of Atlántico. A local government commission will arrive in the next hours to evaluate damage and offer assistance to the population. (m.: Caracol)

Guatemala 8/27/2014

Update drought. More than two million pounds of food are needed to protect for six months the 236,000 families affected by the prolonged drought. The government has requested assistance through the Diplomatic Corps and International Institutions. The aftermath of drought will last for at least nine months. (m.: La Prensa Libre, La Hora).

Nicaragua 8/27/2014

Managua. Torrential rains left 146 houses damaged and 13 toppled trees. Electric service was interrupted in more than 100 localities due to falling trees and thunder. One person has been reported missing. (m.: El 19 Digital, La Voz del Sandinismo)

Colombia 8/27/2014

Sucre Department, Gulf of Morrosquillo: Oil spill. A state of Public Calamity has been declared due to an environmental emergency. Several beaches had to be closed, due to a spill of 500.000 barrels of oil, in Guacamaya, La Alegria and the mouth of the Pechelin creek. The Sucre Autonomous Corporation reported beach contamination and a visual of oil sheen in the waters of four tourist areas. (F.o:.CARSUCRE) m.: El Espectador)
Atlántico Department, San Juan de Tocagua:  Storm with gale-force winds left 20 houses flooded and with damaged roofs in the southwest area of Atlántico. A local government commission will arrive in the next hours to evaluate damage and offer assistance to the population. (m.: Caracol)



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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