Latin America and the Caribbean Programs


Psychological First Aid (PFA): Mutual Support for Resiliency after Crisis


This new training program will promote participants’ understandings on basics of PFA, do’s and don’ts, and self-care technique, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions. The program will provide basic knowledge on how to offer PFA, as well as basics on mental health and psychosocial support after crises which will be an emerging priority in disaster risk management policy making/implementation. The program will be facilitated jointly by the World Bank/TDLC, UNU-IIGH, and the National Institute of Mental Health in Japan, in close partnership with WHO.

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Learning from Megadisasters

Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) Seminar Series (5 sessions)

April 18 - May 11, 2012

Mikio Ishiwatari, The World Bank

On March 11, 2011, the world watched the Great East Japan Earthquake measuring a staggering 9.0 on the Richter scale, hit the Tohoku region along the pacific coast of Japan. It was the fourth largest earthquake in the world. The subsequent Tsunami washed away towns and villages along the sea shore, resulting in huge numbers of human casualties and left devastation.

In October 2011, the Government of Japan (GoJ) and World Bank started working on a new program, “Learning from Megadisasters: Program of Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Exchange”, which is aimed at supporting Japan share its lessons from disaster risk management and reconstruction with the rest of the world. Under this project “Learning from Megadisasters”, a series of interactive Knowledge-Sharing (KS) sessions will be organized in collaboration via videoconferencing system with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).

The themes are as follows:

Session 1: Structural Measures
Session 2: Non-structural Measures
Session 3: Response
Session 4: Recovery
Session 5: Risk Information and Risk Financing

Advance registration required. You can attend any combination of sessions or all four sessions.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
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