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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 284-290

A case study in Colombia: implementation of the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

1 Psychiatrist, PAHO consultant
2 Health advisor for Disasters and Complex Emergencies, PAHO Colombia

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Colombia is one of the first countries in the world to implement the IASC Guidelines for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings in the form of a ‘case study’. It was shown that the guidelines are in general terms applicable and adaptable to the Colombian context. The guidelines were a useful coordination tool for the stakeholders from three different communities in identifying their priority needs and planning according responses from a holistic mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) perspective. Reccomendations are made to improve implementation of the guidelines, as well as how to continue supporting the process at both national and local levels.

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