CDB and PAHO sign agreement to support mental health in aftermath of natural disasters

Jesse Schutt Aine (left), Subregional Program Coordinator, Caribbean, PAHO 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. The signing took place on June 13, 2018, at CDB’s headquarters in Barbados.   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. “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,” said Monica La Bennett, Vice-President (Operations), CDB. “As we begin the 2018 […]


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