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Thursday 20 January 2005

Psychological trauma a serious problem in tsunami-hit areas: WHO

The World Health Organisation today warned that the problem of psychological trauma among the tsunami-affected might be more serious than what was so far believed. Unless urgent action was taken, the long-term effect on the victims could be "terrible."

Citing reports from health workers who had been in the tsunami-hit areas, the WHO said that virtually everyone who had been affected by the natural disaster appeared to be suffering from some form of psychosocial trauma or other and needed support.

Read the Full Article at The Hindu

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Blogger Manzi said :

I attended a Trauma Conselling Workshop held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, organized by "ESCAPE" Sri Lanka, along with reps from Kidsreach in New Zealand (http://www.kidsreach.org.nz/)

It was amazing! They discussed some very important measures to deal with the children affected by the Tsunami and how to get them to gush out their feeling, which are kept tight, tied deep within, which are traumatizing them.

I think this is a very important issue, as the Governments and other International donors will only look into areas of rebuilding towns, villages and houses, schools and many other "physical" needs. But what it of real importance is the need to visit the refugee camps and talk to children, who have lost parents, siblings, friends, property and obviously are not doing to good due to a shock. Mental Trauma if not dealt with will ruin people's lives forever!

Manoj Matchado
Microsoft MVP
http://manzi.weblogs.us

Thu Jan 20, 04:11:00 pm IST  
Blogger Manzi said :

I attended a Trauma Conselling Workshop held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, organized by "ESCAPE" Sri Lanka, along with reps from Kidsreach in New Zealand (http://www.kidsreach.org.nz/)

It was amazing! They discussed some very important measures to deal with the children affected by the Tsunami and how to get them to gush out their feeling, which are kept tight, tied deep within, which are traumatizing them.

I think this is a very important issue, as the Governments and other International donors will only look into areas of rebuilding towns, villages and houses, schools and many other "physical" needs. But what it of real importance is the need to visit the refugee camps and talk to children, who have lost parents, siblings, friends, property and obviously are not doing to good due to a shock. Mental Trauma if not dealt with will ruin people's lives forever!

Manoj Matchado
Microsoft MVP
http://manzi.weblogs.us

Thu Jan 20, 04:14:00 pm IST  
Blogger Manzi said :

I attended a Trauma Conselling Workshop held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, organized by "ESCAPE" Sri Lanka, along with reps from Kidsreach in New Zealand (http://www.kidsreach.org.nz/)

It was amazing! They discussed some very important measures to deal with the children affected by the Tsunami and how to get them to gush out their feeling, which are kept tight, tied deep within, which are traumatizing them.

I think this is a very important issue, as the Governments and other International donors will only look into areas of rebuilding towns, villages and houses, schools and many other "physical" needs. But what it of real importance is the need to visit the refugee camps and talk to children, who have lost parents, siblings, friends, property and obviously are not doing to good due to a shock. Mental Trauma if not dealt with will ruin people's lives forever!

Manoj Matchado
Microsoft MVP
http://manzi.weblogs.us

Thu Jan 20, 04:30:00 pm IST