The Solomon Islands
On April 2, 2007, an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale triggered a tsunami that
struck the Western Solomon Islands, including the islands of Gizo and Vella La Vella. The Government of the Solomon Islands confirmed that 52 individuals died and 7,000 people were made homeless as a result (AusAid, 2007). Surviving this natural disaster, combined with losing loved ones, and enduring displacement and poverty, has left the local population with severe trauma-related conditions, including anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. TraumAid is currently working in the Solomon Islands through educating leaders of the affected islands in the above-mentioned conditions. Dr Jennifer Dawson, who also provides culturally appropriate resources and training modules, bases these education programs on research.
The aim of these education programs is to supplement the aid other NGO’s are providing to the people. These programs will empower individuals to manage their own symptoms of trauma-related conditions, and allow them to make a recovery and rebuild their lives.
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