WHO framework for mental health and psychosocial support after the tsunami
AbstractThe tsunami of 26 December 2004 caused death and destruction on an unprecedented scale in tsunamiaffected regions. The mental health and psychosocial needs of the affected population emerged as a major concern after the tsunami. Following the disaster, WHO was urged by Member States to support ministries of health in affected countries, to restore health resources and in the area of mental health and psychosocial support. This brief document aims to provide a framework for WHO assistance in this area. The WHO framework strongly advocates integrating care for vulnerable groups within the overall health system. This will facilitate access to care for the largest number of vulnerable people. A model for developing an enhanced community mental health system can be based on the WHO guidelines published in the framework.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). WHO framework for mental health and psychosocial support after the tsunami. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206077