Chapter 14. The Latin American and Caribbean Experience

  1. Juan José López-Ibor2,
  2. George Christodoulou3,
  3. Mario Maj4,
  4. Norman Sartorius5 and
  5. Ahmed Okasha6
  1. José Miguel Caldas de Almeida and
  2. Jorge Rodríguez

Published Online: 29 NOV 2005

DOI: 10.1002/047002125X.ch14

Disasters and Mental Health

Disasters and Mental Health

How to Cite

Caldas de Almeida, J. M. and Rodríguez, J. (2004) The Latin American and Caribbean Experience, in Disasters and Mental Health (eds J. J. López-Ibor, G. Christodoulou, M. Maj, N. Sartorius and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/047002125X.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

  2. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, Athens University Medical School, Eginition Hospital, 72-74 Vas. Sofias Avenue, 11528 Athens, Greece

  3. 4

    University of Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    University of Geneva, Switzerland

  5. 6

    Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Mental Health Unit, Pan American Health Organization, 525 23rd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2005
  2. Published Print: 1 OCT 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470021231

Online ISBN: 9780470021255



  • Latin America and Caribbean experience;
  • emergency management approach;
  • psychological disorders in Honduras;
  • Hurricane Mitch;
  • Crisis theory;
  • International cooperation;
  • PAHO sponsorship;
  • Earthquake in El Salvador;
  • “Therapy Briefcase or Dream Backpack”


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Psychosocial Consequences of Disasters and Emergencies in Latin America

  • Mental Health Protection in Disasters and Emergencies: Lessons Learned in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Specific Problems Related to the Handling of Large Numbers of Bodies in Disasters and Emergencies

  • Conclusions

  • References