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Launch of the PAHO/CDB Virtual Self-Learning Course- Psychological First Aid in Disaster Management in the Caribbean

Sep 30, 2019

On Friday, October 4, 2019, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will 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 10-hour, self-learning course titled, 'Psychological First Aid (PFA) in Disaster Management in the Caribbean,' will be available free of cost, on the Caribbean node of PAHO’s Virtual Campus for Public Health at 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. Upon completion of the training and final exam, participants receive a course completion certificate, issued by PAHO and CDB.


Drawing of black family on the beach looking towards the sea


This virtual course is part of a joint project by PAHO and CDB. This 18-month project aims to enhance regional capacity to provide mental health and psychosocial support in disaster management in the Caribbean, and includes 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.

The Project includes CDB/PAHO's ongoing campaign, 'Stronger Together,' which tackles the stigma associated with seeking mental health and psychosocial support and puts a special focus on vulnerable people, such as children and adolescents, women, senior citizens, and people with disabilities. The campaign concludes in November 2019. 


Virtual Launch Details

Date: Friday, October 4, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. EST (Launch time in your location)

Meeting Link

Meeting number (access code): 647 053 631

Meeting password: PhH8g7Q3

The session will be only in English


10:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Maria Ziegler, Operations Officer, Gender and Development, Caribbean Development Bank

10:05 a.m.

Introduction to the Virtual Self-learning Course Psychological First Aid 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 a.m.

Overview of the PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health 

Gabriel Listovsky, Regional Coordinator, PAHO Virtual Campus of Public Health

10:25 a.m.

Overview of the “Stronger Together” Communication Campaign

Lisa Bayley, International Consultant, PAHO/WHO SPC

11:35 a.m.

Questions and Answers

10:50 a.m.


Claudina Cayetano, Mental Health Advisor, PAHO/WHO Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Department

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