• Declaration of Psychosocial Rights [EN/CZ]

Declaration of Psychosocial Rights
World Conference on Disaster and Emergency Medicine
(WCDEM 2009)
World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine
(WADEM) International Psychosocial Task Force
Guiding Principles – Call to Action
May 15, 2009
Be It Resolved that:
1. Everyone, including responders, survivors, families, in the broader context of communities affected by all hazard natural and man-made disasters, including war, are entitled to integrated, holistic, sustainable Psychosocial supports, interventions and training – that are respectful of diversity, culture, and gender.
2. It is the professional responsibility of leaders, i.e. those who are privileged to know and understand Psychosocial (PS) principles and concepts, to proactively engage policy makers in order to integrate and mainstream the adoption of PS principles and training into all aspects of human resource capability-based
3. Given the increasing frequency and virulence of disasters, risks, threats, and global conflicts, there is an urgent, social imperative to mainstream creative, flexible, PS programs and policies into all levels of government and nongovernmental programs - recognizing the unique nature of each disaster.


  • Identifying the Needs of Medical First Responders in Disasters [CZ]

  • Psychosocial guidelines for crisis managers and journalists – help in large scale disasters [EN/CZ]

This information material was prepared for use in the international aid after the earthquake in Haiti 2010.
Crisis management must check and evaluate needs of:
a) directly affected people
b) first rescuers and interventionists (including volunteers)


  • Psychosocial Support to People Affected by MCI [CZ]

  • Tragedies and Journalists [EN/CZ]

Reporters, editors, photojournalists and news crews are involved in the coverage of many tragedies during their working lives. They range from wars to terrorist attacks, airplane crashes, natural disasters, murders and car crashes. All produce victims. All affect their communities. All create lasting memories. It is important to realize that a war correspondent is not cold minded and cynical, but is a sensitive human being with compassion & feelings. These feelings have to be respected & protected, as do the feelings of the interviewees (victims). Above all else, the feelings and circumstances of the interviewees need to be taken into account and you must treat those you work with and interview with dignity and respect. These themes will be expanded on in this guide (...).


  • Povodne - doporucení psychologu [CZ]

Kdo muže být zasažen?
Extrémní zážitky mohou zasáhnout každého cloveka, nejen toho, kdo neštestí zažil na vlastní kuži, ale také lidi, kterí událost pozorovali, blízké osoby, sousedy, pracovníky, kterí se podíleli na likvidaci následku. Povodne se mohou dotknout také lidí, kterí události sledují zprostredkovane, zejména, pokud je sami zažili v minulosti. Nejvíce zranitelné jsou deti, starí lidé, pozustalí, osamele žijící osoby a lidé se zdravotním handicapem. Lidé, kterí se stáhnou do ústraní nebo se navenek neprojevují mohou být více zasaženi, než ti, kterí o události casto hovorí (...)

  • Central System of Psychosocial Support to the Czech Victims Affected by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia [EN]

The Tsunami disaster affected several countries in Southeast Asia in December 2004 and killed or affected many tourists, most of them from Europe. Eight Czech citizens died, and about 500 Czechs were seriously mentally traumatized. The psychosocial needs of tourists included: (1) protection; (2) treatment; (3) safety; (4) relief; (5) psychological first aid; (6) connecting with family members; (7) transportation home; (8) information about possible mental reactions to trauma; (9) information about the normality of their reaction; (10) procedural and environmental orientation;(11) reinforcement of personal competencies; and (12) psycho-trauma therapy.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic was in charge of general emergency management. General coordination of psychosocial support was coordinated under the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic, which is connected to the Central Crisis Staff of the Czech Government. The major cooperative partners were: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Health, Czech Airlines, psychosocial intervention teams of the Czech Republic, and the Czech Association of Clinical Psychologists.

  • Psychosociální aspekty povodní v CR v roce 2009 - Analýza dostupných informací [CZ]

Bleskové povodne z cervna a cervence 2009 byly tretí nejtragictejší v novodobé historii Ceské republiky (1997, 2002). Zasáhly osm kraju, nejhure postiženo bylo Novojicínsko, Jesenicko, Prachaticko, Strakonicko a Decínsko. Záplavy si vyžádaly 15 obetí a nekolik tisíc lidí muselo opustit své domovy. Celkem bylo zachráneno 226 osob a evakuováno 1 851 osob. Celkové škody dosáhly cástky 8,52 miliardy korun (...)