Our Mental Health and Psychosocial Services Coordinator and clinical psychologist Dr. Andria Spyridou talks about mental health issues related to the coronavirus pandemic in the Bahamas, which was recently devastated by Hurricane Dorian.
In response to the catastrophic damage that Dorian left in its wake in the Bahamas, International Medical Corps deployed an emergency response team consisting of doctors, nurses, logisticians, mental health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) specialists, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) specialists. The Bahamian government asked us to help lead assessment efforts and provide medical care throughout Grand Bahama island, particularly in eastern areas, which were the most affected by the storm and where the health system was decimated. Our team was the first to reach the most devastated communities, including High Rock, McLean’s Town and Pelican Point.
Today, International Medical Corps is continuing to work with the Bahamian government to provide basic medical services and supplies to those affected by the hurricane, as well as WASH and MHPSS services, through our “Hospitainer” primary healthcare mobile unit in East Grand Bahama.