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Launch of the PAHO/CDB Virtual Self-Learning Course Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean

Event

Title:
Launch of the PAHO/CDB Virtual Self-Learning Course Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean
When:
2019-10-04, 10:00 h - 11:00 h
Category:
General

Description

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The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will on Friday, October 4th, launch a virtual course to equip volunteers, first responders and persons in the community to provide the initial response to individuals experiencing psychological distress after a crisis.

  • DATE: Friday, 4 October 2019
  • TIME: 10.00 am EST
  • VIRTUAL ROOM

(The session will be only in English):

— English: https://paho.webex.com/paho/j.php?MTID=m33c3e36a3c33719ad1b5d6199f21096f

Meeting number (access code): 647 053 631

Meeting password: PhH8g7Q3

ACCESS THE COURSE:

Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean - 2019

Background

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will on Friday, October 4th, launch a virtual course to equip volunteers, first responders and persons in the community to provide the initial response to individuals experiencing psychological distress after a crisis.
The ten-hour, self-learning course is available free of cost on the Caribbean node of PAHO’s Virtual Campus for Public Health at www.campusvirtualsp.org. It covers the principal areas of understanding PFA, how to help responsibly, providing PFA, people who likely need special attention, caring for self and colleagues, and practicing PFA skills. PFA is describes a humane, supportive response to a fellow human being who is suffering and who may need support. It is not something that only professionals can do and can be provided for people in a position to help others who have experienced a distressing event. Upon finalization of the training and final exam, participants receive a course completion certificate, issued by PAHO and CDB.

This virtual course is part of a joint project by PAHO and CDB entitled "Building individual and social resilience to cope with the impacts of natural hazard events: enhancing capacity for mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) in disaster management in the Caribbean". This 18-month project aims to enhance regional capacity to provide MHPSS in disaster management in the Caribbean, and includes building regional capacity for MHPSS in disaster management; strengthening in-country competencies to conduct needs assessments and action plans; developing and implementing a regional communication campaign; and conducting monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Agenda

  • 10:00 am - Openning. Maria Ziegler, Operations Officer, Gender and Development, Caribbean Development Bank
  • 10:05 am- Introduction to the virtual self-learning course Psychological First Aid (PFA) in disaster management in the Caribbean.
    Elisa Prieto, Advisor, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, PAHO/WHO Office of Subregional Program Coordination for the Caribbean (SPC)
  • 10:15 am - Overview of the PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health (VCPH). Gabriel Listovsky, Regional Coordinator, PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health.
  • 10:25 am - Overview of the “Stronger Together” Communication Campaign. Lisa Bayley, International Consultant, PAHO/WHO SPC
  • 10:35 am - Questions and answers.
  • 10:50 am - Closing. Claudina Cayetano, Mental Health Advisor, PAHO/WHO Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Department

Time correspondance

  • 7:00 am - Los Angeles
  • 9:00 am- Kingston, Mexico City, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Bogotá, Lima, Quito
  • 10:00 am - Bridgetown, Port of Spain, La Paz, Sto. Domingo,San Juan
  • 11:00 am - Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile

For other places, estimate the time correspondence in the following link.