Recent experiences and future challenges with implementation in South Asia: the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

The initiatives for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are presented, using the case of a cyclone in Bangladesh. The IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings have proved useful, but need to be made operational through joint efforts by different actors, through dissemination to grass root rural levels, and through planning in the non emergency phase.

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Dash, Satyabrata; Christensen, Lene