On November 8th 2013, the Philippines were devastated by what is being called the most powerful typhoon to have made landfall in modern times. With sustained winds of over 200 kph (peaking at 315 kph), typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda, killed over 6,000 people, injuring more than 27,000 others, displacing approximately 4 million people, and affecting a grand total of 16 million people. 48 hours later, IsraAID's first emergency team left Israel.
Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services
Training Ormoc professionals to deal with trauma cases
During the emergency phase, and at the request of the Ormoc CDH, IsraAID took the lead on Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS), conducting stress-debriefing sessions for local professionals. In addition, in close cooperation with the municipal coordinator on MHPSS issues, IsraAID began building a 1-year post-trauma training course for local professionals. This program was launched in January 2014 and provides support and capacity building for targeted groups that are either first responders or that service large pockets of population (namely teachers, health workers, community volunteers and social welfare staff). The program aims to promote the resilience and wellbeing of families through the provision of post and preventive emergency psycho- social services in Ormoc.
- Increase the capacity of selected education, health and social welfare workers to understand the impact of trauma and offer expressive arts based tools for basic psycho-social intervention
- Improve the standard of the clinical counselling component provided by MHPSS professionals for trauma related family issues using expressive arts as a tool for intervention
- Strengthen the MHPSS referral and support systems among service providers (social welfare, school and mental health workers)
- Stress-debriefing activities completed for 821 teachers, Philippines National Police (PNP) members, the local rescue team, and health workers
- Completed the first Training-Of-Trainers (TOT) seminar in January 2014 for 17 local professionals.