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Despite their tragic nature and though the human discomfort they convey emergency occasions also are possibilities to construct larger psychological well-being care. The surge of reduction mixed with surprising centred recognition on themental healthiness of the inhabitants creates exceptional possibilities to remodel mentalhealth deal with the long run. via publishing this knowledge the area well-being association goals to ensure  Read more...

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Reprinted with permission. 44 propriate medication, and provide support to fami- Several international agencies participated in this ef- lies. When needed, they would refer people to acute fort. WHO supported the initial round of training. Lat- inpatient care. A training module was developed er, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of In- States Agency for International Development (USAID) donesia. Three training levels – basic, intermediate, joined to help develop these community-based men- and advanced – were designed to teach nurses to tal health services.

In time, they developed the health services would be crucial for empowering necessary basic skills to manage a wide range of and reintegrating war survivors in post-conflict so- mental health issues (see Photo 1). They provided cieties. a broad package of psychosocial services to individuals, their families, and their communities. All psy- The project started under fragile financial condi- chosocial workers were provided with a motorbike, tions. The majority of its funding came from a single which enabled them to cover two or three munici- donor, the Dutch government.

Reprinted with permission. 42 Indonesia (Aceh) Summary The province of Aceh in Indonesia suffered from decades of civil strife before it was struck by the devastating tsunami of 2004. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed or displaced, creating substantial mental health needs in the population, as well as high levels of donor interest and support. Following the immediate aftermath of the emergency, health officials decided to focus on strengthening the province’s mental health system. In a matter of years, Aceh’s mental health services were transformed from a single mental hospital to a basic but functioning system of care, grounded by primary health services and supported by secondary care offered through district general hospitals.

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