CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support Mental Health in Aftermath of Natural Disasters

CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support Mental Health in aftermath of Natural Disasters Caption: Jesse Schutt-Aine (left), PAHO/WHO Subregional Program Coordinator - Caribbean, and Monica La Bennett (right), Vice-President (Operations), CDB, sign the agreement to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean/Photo: PAHO/WHO Caribbean Subregional Program Coordination

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed an agreement to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean.

“As we begin the 2018 hurricane season, we are pleased to launch this project and partnership with CDB,” said Jessie Schutt-Aine, PAHO’s Subregional Program Coordinator for the Caribbean. It is imperative that we support our Member States’ preparedness and response efforts. Mental health and psychosocial support needs to be a key part of this process.” Experiences and lessons learnt by the PAHO Health Emergencies team and key stakeholders from last year’s hurricanes Irma and Maria will be incorporated in project implementation to ensure better preparedness.

The project aims to build capacity for mental health and psychosocial support within the health sector through regional and in-country training within the sector, as well as with agencies outside the sector, and the broader community. In addition, the project is expected to lead to the establishment of a roster of mental health professionals in the Caribbean, who can be mobilised to affected countries in the event of an emergency.

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