Mental Health & Psychosocial Well-being after Disasters

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Sharing Global Updates & Experiences from Philippines

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Japan: 15:30-17:00 (Japan Time)
Philippines: 14:30-16:00 (Local time)


During and after disasters, people experience mental and psychosocial distress, and this plays a key role in determining their quality of life, resilience and the success of their preparedness, recovery and ability to reconstruct.

Mental well-being and disability also have vast implications on mortality. In addition, economic loss due to problems related to mental well-being is far-reaching: Direct and indirect costs of mental illness exceed 4% of GDP.

Though, mental well-being and disability have long been neglected or forgotten in disaster risk reduction policies and programs, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 included mental health and psychosocial well-being as a key priority.

This distance knowledge sharing program will provide an opportunity to learn about global updates as well as experiences in the Philippines, through web/VC-based lectures and discussions.


To provide a knowledge sharing opportunity for policy makers and other change agents engaged in DRM and global health in Asia and the Pacific, to learn good practices and lessons learned related to mental health and psychosocial support in emergency settings from experience in the Philippines and Japan.

This program is jointly organized by the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center, National Institute of Mental Health in Japan and the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH).

Target Audience

National and local government officials from ministries and agencies.
Policy makers, DRM stakeholders, among others.


Dr. Dinah Nadera
President, Foundation for Advancing Wellness, Instruction and Talents, Inc. Associate Professor of International Health, University of the Philippines Open University Technical Officer for Mental Health,
WHO Philippines

Dr. Atsuro Tsutsumi
United Nations University International Institute for Global Health


Takashi Izutsu
Senior Knowledge Management Officer,
World Bank Group



Delivery of the Program

You can participate in the program at your nearest GDLN center.
It will be a 1.5 hours interactive session using video conference technology.
Session consists of presentations followed by Q & A and open discussion.
Lecture materials will be provided at the GDLN center.

How to Apply

Please submit your confirmation of participation to the designated local contact person at your nearest GDLN center.


This session will be webcast live. 
Click here 5-10 mins before the session starts.

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