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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 275-283

Community mobilization after an earthquake: case study of the use of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings on mental health and psychosocial support in Peru

1 communitarian psychologist and coordinator of the program
2 psychiatrist and psychosocial health technician and Member of the IASC Task Force and IASC Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support
3 community psychosocial worker, and Alfonso Lozano, a sociologist and field coordinator for MdM. They all worked for Médicosdel Mundo – España
4 social psychologists and were responsible for the external assessment under Columbia University /USAID funds

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This article describes and analyzes the first comprehensive case study of the application of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support by Medicos del Mundo-Spain after the August 2007 earthquake in Peru. The methodology and core principles of the intervention are briefly summarized. The article explains strategies and key messages that were transmitted at each level. It proposes a multilevel approach that combines lobbying, sensitization, and training with key decision makers and grass roots work with leaders and community organizations. The experience in Peru provides important lessons for future implementation of the guidelines in other disasters.

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