Primary Health Care (PHC) and Psychosocial Intervention

Project Primary Health Care (PHC) and Psychosocial Intervention
Objectives
Project Partners Municipality and Family Healthcare Centre of Constitución
Activities

• Worked with Cerro Alto Family Health Centre and provided PHC coverage to affected people housed at temporary settlements • Worked with Psychosocial Teams of Cerro Alto Family Health Centre and Hospital • Constitución on psychosocial intervention

Locations Constitución
Period 24 March–16 April 2010
Accomplishments

Treated 407 patients supplementing efforts from Project Partners

Background
The Chile earthquake occurred on 27 February 2010 rating a
magnitude of 8.8 on the Richter scale. It ranks as the sixth largest
earthquake ever to be recorded by a seismograph and strongly
felt in six Chilean regions. The earthquake triggered a tsunami
which devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile
and tsunami warnings were issued in 53 countries.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
Through the assessment team that went to Chile on 6
March 2010, MERCY Malaysia was requested to temporarily
supplement PHC system with a medical team to work with the
local teams in PHC centres, three PHC sub-centres and 11
outreach clinics. We were also asked to deploy experienced
psychosocial specialists as external resource worker to help set
up proper mental health response systems and participate in
psychosocial sessions in Constitución and Iloca.