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Peru 9/30/2014

Update 5.1 Earthquake. In its latest assessment, the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) said that 100 percent of the homes in the village of Miska are uninhabitable. Cusco’s Regional Health Authority (Diresa) mobilized two health brigades to Paruro Province; in addition a health care tent was installed in the village of Miska and ambulances were mobilized to area affected by the earthquake of 27 September. The brigades include doctors, psychologists, nurses and technicians, and they brought tents and medicine to the affected area to provide health care and psycosocial support to the population. Also, monitoring of environmental risk will be conducted. A 3.6 magnitude aftershock struck the same region yesterday; however, there have been no additional reports of damage or casualties. (f.o .: Ministry of Health); m.c .: La República)

Peru 9/30/2014

Update 5.1 Earthquake. In its latest assessment, the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) said that 100 percent of the homes in the village of Miska are uninhabitable. Cusco’s Regional Health Authority (Diresa) mobilized two health brigades to Paruro Province; in addition a health care tent was installed in the village of Miska and ambulances were mobilized to area affected by the earthquake of 27 September. The brigades include doctors, psychologists, nurses and technicians, and they brought tents and medicine to the affected area to provide health care and psycosocial support to the population. Also, monitoring of environmental risk will be conducted. A 3.6 magnitude aftershock struck the same region yesterday; however, there have been no additional reports of damage or casualties. (f.o .: Ministry of Health); m.c .: La República)



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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