Regional Resources

This section contains area-specific links and literature. Some documents may be password protected. To request access to protected articles or to suggest a resource, please contact Consuelo Errazuriz.


Canada


Latin America

  • PERU: Nos-OTROS/ Nos-OTRAS y el lenguaje de la violencia
  • Mental Health and Human Development (Salud Mental y Desarrollo Humano)
    A joint initiative between McGill University and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, to develop a program of advanced studies, distance education and training in mental health and human development in Peru.
    Available in English and Spanish
  • PAHO
    Pan-American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization.
  • WHO Panamerican Library
    The Virtual Campus of Public Health
    The Campus is a public service of continuing education and information. Its main objective is to contribute to the development and improvement of the efficiency of public health management through the resolution of cases closely related with professional practice, as well as to promote the exchange of experiences among professionals in the sector and among public health institutions of various countries.
  • Video documentary: Loco
    Popular and professional discourses in mental illness in Lima, Peru (2001).
    The video documentary provides an introduction to mental illness as experienced, understood and addressed by lay people and health professionals in the city of Lima, Peru. Through a cultural studies perspective, this documentary tackles three contexts where stigmatization of the mentally-ill is often found: the street, the family and the psychiatric institution (35min/color, in Spanish with English subtitles).
  • Video documentary: NOQANCHIS (Todos nosotros) (2006).
    The film deals with traumatic memories and the psychosocial impact of Shining Path and the military repression in a highland Quechua indigenous community in Ayacucho, Peru. The Fiesta de las Cruces, a celebration strictly forbidden for more than 15 years, serves as a pivot for remembering and forgetting, developing healing and coping strategies, and eventual reconstruction of community life. (42min/color, in Quechua with Spanish subtitles).
  • Sala de Situacion de Salud Post Sismo Pisco
    An epidemiological report issued by the Peruvian Ministry of Health on the August 2007 earthquake.
  • Lineamientos del IASC sobre salud mental y apoyo psicosocial en emergencias humanitarias y desastres - Versión Perú
    Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Ministerio de Salud (Peru), 2007
    Esta Guía refleja los conocimientos adquiridos por profesionales de diferentes regiones geográficas, disciplinas y sectores, y refleja un naciente consenso entre los profesionales. La idea básica es que, en la etapa inicial de una emergencia, es imprescindible brindar apoyo social para proteger y apoyar la salud mental y el bienestar psicosocial. Además, estos Lineamientos recomiendan algunas intervenciones psicológicas y psiquiátricas frente a determinados problemas.
  • Paz, conflicto y sociedad civil en América Latina y el Carib
    CRIES/Icaria/IDRC, 2007
    This volume is a collection of studies conducted by the Coordinadora Regional de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (CRIES) into the problems of civil society and armed or violent conflicts in Latin America and the Caribbean. These studies, carried out within a program embracing research, consultation, networking, impact, and information dissemination, have been used by CRIES in the development of a Regional Action Plan for civil society, and in a presentation before the United Nations in the framework of the Global Conference promoted by the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). They also informed a Global Action Plan and served as a basis for the Latin American and Caribbean Platform for Conflict Prevention and Peace Building, created in October 2004. Available in Spanish.
  • Brigadas Psicológicas de la PUCP: Una experiencia en el camino hacia la reconstrucción
    El documento está dirigido de manera especial al personal de salud comprometido con el desarrollo de acciones en beneficio de la población, a las ONG y organizaciones de la sociedad civil que trabajan en salud mental y desastres, así como a los proveedores de cuidado. En última instancia a todas aquellas personas interesadas en trabajar en los diferentes aspectos de la salud mental con poblaciones afectadas por situaciones de desastre.
  • Mujeres: Víctimas aún invisibles del Conflicto armado en el Perú
  • Comunicado de los obispos de la la selva Peruana
    Los Obispos de los Vicariatos Apostólicos de la Selva nos hemos reunido en la ciudad de Lima, el día 27 de agosto de 2008 para reflexionar sobre la situación de los pueblos indígenas de nuestra Amazonía, y el impacto de los Decretos Legislativos promulgados por el Poder Ejecutivo, en relación con dichos pueblos y sus territorios ancestrales.
  • Proyecto Radiofonico: "Estabilización post conflicto y Rehabilitación Psicosocial en communidades alto andinas del Perú"
    Produced by a team from the School of Communication of the Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga, eight bilingual (Quechua–Spanish) radio programs (audiotapes of 30 minutes each)were broadcasted by local radio stations. Drawing an estimated audience of 17,000 people, the programs covered the following topics: 1) Nuraj: una alternativa de justicia comunitaria, 2) Como conformar un Nuraj, 3) Curandonos en la fiesta de nuestros pueblos, 4) Alcoholismo, 5)Memoria y olvido, 6) Recordando en la escuela... Proponiendo la paz, 7) Violencia escolar y educación para la paz, 8) Salud mental comunitaria. For a CD copy of these radio programs, please contact Consuelo Errázuriz.
  • Policymaking in Latin America - How Politics Shapes Policies
    Eds. Ernesto Stein and Mariano Tommasi, 2008
    “……Latin America is engaged in a constant search for policies to accelerate growth, reduce poverty, and otherwise further its economic and social progress. In its journey on the path to development, it has been offered, and often followed, celebrated road maps designed to speed it along in this tortuous trek. The state-run inward-looking policy package of the postwar era and the liberalization of the Washington Consensus were each hailed as tickets to sustainable, equitable development. Instead, they produced mixed results and ultimately fell short of the region’s goals and expectations. Were these policies flawed? Was something missing? To date, most of the discussion has been an exchange between those who argue that the transformation of the state has been incomplete and more reform is needed, and those who oppose reform and attribute the poor results to them. This book suggests an alternative view: the problem lies less in the policies than in the process behind these policies..."
  • Resiliencia andina y salud mental: estrategias de sobrevivencia frente a la violencia estructural y política en instituciones educativas de dos ciudades andinas
    Darsy Calderón Rojas, 2009
    Available in Spanish.
    Final report of a study that sought to explore and compare aspects of resilience in the educational community of two-IISS-educational institutions of the city of Ayacucho with two educational institutions in the city of Cuzco in the face of the general violence and specifically political violence experienced in that region.


Middle East


South & South-East Asia

  • Parallel Governments
    Daya Somasundaram, University of Jaffna 2010
    This paper is a naturalistic and ecological ethnography of the period between 1980 and 2009 in northern Lanka, using participant observation, in-depth interviewing, focus groups, key informants, literature survey and critical inquiry techniques. The Lankan and Indian states and various Tamil militant groups vied for the control, loyalty, obedience and subservience of the civilian Tamil population through terror, counter-terror; the media, arts, history writing, in cyber space and other propaganda; democratic and extra-democratic means such as elections, relief, rehabilitation; and other methods. Community leaders were eliminated and dissent suppressed. Whole villages and communities have been displaced multiple times.
  • Aid and Violence: Development Policies and Conflict in Nepal
    Feinstein International Center, 2009
    This report aims to explore this question through a retrospective analysis of the development/conflict nexus in Nepal. It looks at the underlying causes of the Maoist success story in relation to donors’ development policies and assistance activities in Nepal and at their interplay with the conflict environment in which aid actors found themselves operating. The report focuses on the last decade (1996-2008), the period of the Maoist insurgency and of the subsequent largely successful peace process.
  • Kalmunai Mental Health Association
    The mission of the Kalmunai Mental Health Association is to improve mental health services available in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. To this end, its principles are: to provide mental health services at primary, second and tertiary levels; to provide services of good quality where and when they are needed; to provide services that will be organized at community level with community, family and consumer participation; to ensure mental health services will be linked to other sectors; to ensure mental health services will be culturally appropriate and evidence based; to protect the human rights and dignity of people with mental illnesses; to educate the public about the mental illnesses and their out comes in different levels with different tools; and to promote the primary prevention of mental disorders by yoga and other cultural methods.
  • The National Peace Council of Sri Lanka
    The National Peace Council is a Sri Lankan organization dedicated to support a negotiated solution to the ongoing war in Sri Lanka. The NPC conducts advocacy, research, training, mobilization and dialogue, which are aimed at mobilizing the people towards peace and conflict transformation.
  • People's Rural Development Association (PRDA)
    PRDA is the Sri Lankan counterpart of the Teasdale-Corti Trauma and Global Health Program.
  • The Ramon Magsaysay Awards
    In August 2008, TGH team member, Ananda Galapatti, was recognized for his "his spirited personal commitment to bring appropriate and effective psychosocial services to survivors of war and natural disasters in Sri Lanka." For a biography, please click here.
  • SEARO
    WHO in South-East Asia
  • WHO in South-East Asia - Emergency and Humanitarian Action: Sri Lanka Situation Report
    WHO is working closely with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health to ensure healthcare services in the new camps for Internally Displaced people (IDPs). Following the Government of Sri Lanka’s 180-day plan for rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs, the Health Cluster partners are focusing on two issues: continued healthcare services for IDPs who need to remain in the camps, and availability of healthcare services for those who re-settle in the villages.