Our Response to the 512 Sichuan Earthquake



Current Initiative At-a-Glance


  1. Direct response to requests for consultation and training. Dr. Ka Tat Tsang, Director of the China Project, has been invited by Department of Health at the Municipal Government of Chengdu, Sichuan and the Tsinghua University Medical School (China's leading post-secondary institution) to design and deliver a training program for 200 psychiatrists and mental health workers from the province of Sichuan. The goal of this training program is to equip mental health professionals in Sichuan with basic knowledge and skills so that they can respond more effectively to the victims of the 512 Earthquake.

  2. Facilitates knowledge transfer by collecting, organizing, and circulating manuals and protocols for various forms of emergency and/or crisis intervention. The China Project at FIFSW has been collecting, organizing, and circulating manuals and protocols for various forms of emergency response and/or crisis intervention. Resources include, but are not limited to, topics on: children's mental health, psychosocial well-being of older survivors, trauma group work, bereavement counselling, disaster medicine, and long-term community capacity building.

  3. Liaises with colleagues involved in disaster relief in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Toronto. The China Project at FIFSW has communicated closely with colleagues involved in disaster relief in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Toronto to circulate updates on the situation in Sichuan, exchange ideas on emergency relief and long-term re-building, and to connect appropriate resources with current relief efforts.

  4. Develops long-term strategy not only for emergency relief, but also for the re-development of community capacity. The China Project at FIFSW places emphasis on developing long-term strategies to build local community capacity in Sichuan, through extensive consultation with researchers and practitioners.


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