CDB & PAHO Support Mental Health

| June 17, 2018

The Jamaica Gleaner would like your opinion on The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)’s agreement to enhance capacity for mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean.

CDB’s Vice-President (Operations)  Monica La Bennett said, “Despite the high vulnerability of the Region to these types of events, too often we have approached recovery and rehabilitation efforts by focusing on infrastructure and physical mitigation plans only. While ‘building back better’ is indeed necessary and critical, there is also a need to prepare populations to better cope with natural hazards by focusing on mental and psychosocial well-being. Strengthening social and individual resilience is—and always should be—a key component of any response to disasters.”

One project aims 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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L-R: Jessie Schutt-Aine, PAHO, Monica La Bennett, CDB  Photo: CMC

 

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