On Saturday 6th of February 2016, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Taiwan. The city of Tainan was the most affected, with to date 59 people killed, 100 still missing, more than 500 reported injured, and 120,000 households still without power. The event has been especially tragic because it struck during the Chinese New Year, and the majority of the devastation hit a small neighborhood leaving residents in shock, mourning lost family members and fearing for those still trapped
IsraAID will focus on preventing trauma by conducting immediate training in Psychological First Aid (PFA) and psycho education for service providers working with families affected by the earthquake, building a local task force to mitigate both the current trauma and be better prepared for future crises, and complete ongoing supervision and peer support groups for the volunteers and rescue teams.
The project will aim to use the current crisis as a platform for strengthening the trauma prevention and response mechanisms of the local government offices and civil society. By providing key expertise from work in over 20 countries around the world, IsraAID aims to assist in the creation of a locally led and maintained sustainable and expert task force.