Box 6 Volunteers Show the Way
Table 15: Psychological Support to Victims
Types of Services
No. of
The quick, effective Thai mental health response
Province
Services
Psychiatric
Medical
to the tsunami was seen as a model of how a
Drugs
Counselling Treatment
response should be organised and delivered.  One
Krabi
3664
839
3799
1114
reason for this was the existence of Village Health
Phang Nga
 9136
 2795
 9160
 2674
Volunteers ordinary people, nominated by the
Phuket
 2600
 634
 2669
 833
community, whose role is to serve as the conduit
Ranong
 1484
 178
 1364
 316
between the community and the hospital.  They
Satun
 704
 273
 226
 458
are provided basic training on psychological support.
These volunteers  some 700,000 in all  are from
Trang
 614
 6
 594
 156
all walks of life, and even in normal times, are a
Total
18,202
4,725
17,812
5,551
source of support for those in their community
Comments: one patient may receive more than one service and
who need it.  After the tsunami, these volunteers
more than once
were mobilised from all over Thailand, and played
Source:
The Mental Health Centre (MHC) for Thai Tsunami
Disaster, November 2005
a key role in the recovery process of those affected
people who needed a shoulder to cry on rather
Support to Migrant Workers
than clinical interventions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) made available
clothes and medicines received in donations for
Source: Moving Beyond the tsunami, the WHO Story, WHO, 2005
distribution amongst the migrant communities with
help from the International Organization for Migration
(IOM), and national and international NGOs.  The Ministry
of the missing or deceased who need follow up services,
of Public Health (MOPH) is working in collaboration
even in provinces not affected by the tsunami, are referred
with NGOs and international organizations to provide
for follow up in their home province.
migrants with humanitarian assistance and access to
health services in the tsunami affected provinces.
A Mental Health Centre was opened near Khao Lak in
March 2005.  Response teams based at this centre deliver
In collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, the Inter 
interventions and rehabilitation support and monitor
national Labour Organization (ILO) and IOM, employers,
tsunami survivors, particularly in the worst affected
labour groups and NGOs have supported the re reg 
areas.
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istration of migrants to enable them to obtain work
permits.  Several Thai NGOs and Myanmar community 
DOMH also arranged outreach to schools to expand
based organizations have helped tsunami survivors un 
psychological education to assist in coping with
der a coalition called Tsunami Action Group (TAG)
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.  There
I
trauma. Counselling, drugs and treatment have been
is a need, however, to improve coordination to mini 
MA
provided to victims as per the following table.
mize overlapping approaches, activities and coverage
NU
areas, and channel these efforts into sustainable pub 
S T
lic service delivery mechanisms in the long term.
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EH TO
Environmental Recovery
53
 TESN
The area affected by the tsunami is home to some
O
50
P
 Project of continuous provision of mental intervention and
spectacular natural resources and ecosystems, precious
SE
rehabilitation for tsunami victims, the Department of Mental
not only in themselves but also because of their critical
 R
Health, Ministry of Public Health, January 2005
 S
51
 TAG is a coalition of Thai NGOs and Myanmar based community
interlinkages with life and livelihoods of affected
DN
organizations including the MAP foundations, the Human
communities.   The rehabilitation of this area was thus a
A
Rights Education Institution of Burma (HREIB), grassroots
IL
human rights education and development committee and the
matter of concern not only for environmentalists and
AH
Spirit in Education Movement (SEM)
conservationists all over the world, but also for its impact
 T
52
 IOM Interim Report to the WHO; 16 November 2005
on related sectors.  The Department of Marine and
 2
53
T
 Based on information provided by Dr. Chechinda Chotiyaputta,
R
DMCR, August 2005
Coastal Resources (DMCR) under the Ministry of Natural
PA
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