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24 Feb 2015 description

ABSTRACT: Over 800 million people in 70 countries are classified as “food insecure.” Much humanitarian emphasis focuses on the negative physical consequences of food insecurity, neglecting its deleterious psychological effects. Negative perceptions of food security often coincide with acute mental distress, a complicating factor that intervention policies frequently overlook. This paper posits that understanding the relationships among food security, mental health, and physical health is critical to the formation of effective aid policies.

05 Feb 2010 description

By Alvaro Mellado Dominguez

This article is the product of my personal reflection and research after working in a malnutrition crisis in Ethiopia in 2008. I came back to the university directly from the field to start to analyse my impressions. The first explanation to be considered is that of overpopulation. According to the World Food Program (WFP) and The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the population growth was 2.77% per year and the estimated population in Ethiopia was 79.24 million in mid-year 2008 (FAO/WFP 2008:10).

05 Feb 2010 description

By Alvaro Mellado Dominguez

This article is the product of my personal reflection and research after working in a malnutrition crisis in Ethiopia in 2008. I came back to the university directly from the field to start to analyse my impressions. The first explanation to be considered is that of overpopulation. According to the World Food Program (WFP) and The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) the population growth was 2.77% per year and the estimated population in Ethiopia was 79.24 million in mid-year 2008 (FAO/WFP 2008:10).

01 May 2009 description

Introduction

As a result of a humanitarian disaster, about 30-50% affected people develop signs of either moderate or severe psychological distress. This group would benefit from a range of social and basic psychological interventions that are considered helpful to reduce distress (World Health Organization, 2005a).

01 Sep 2007 description

Of the many countries hit by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka was also one of the worst affected. Forty-thousand people were killed, many were severely injured, and approximately one in every thirty Sri Lankans lost their homes. After the tsunami, mental health needs in Sri Lanka increased due to: a) exposure to extreme stressors and b) increased poverty. Exposure to extreme stressors and increased poverty after mass disasters are risk factors for social and mental health problems, including common mental health disorders.