PAHO/WHO, in cooperation with Colombia’s Technological University of Pereira, has launched the Manual for mayors: a psychosocial approach to treating displaced, confined, or at-risk populations. The manual aims to provide local authorities with guidelines for interventions and treatment of these populations.
The manual has guidelines proposed by the Ministry of Social Welfare of Colombia and protocols established in the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. The document will help local authorities to comply with their constitutional and social responsibilities for citizens who are displaced and affected by socio-political violence. It was prepared as part of an agreement with PAHO/WHO during the process of investigation at five sites in Colombia. The manual can be accessed at the following site: www.paho.org.