Monday 25 January 2010
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A British Red Cross psycho-social support team has been active in Port au Prince since arriving on Thursday (Jan 21), providing practical help and emotional support to Britons affected by the earthquake in Haiti.
The two-person team of Dr Sarah Davidson, 39, deputy clinical director of psychology at the University of East London and psycho-social advisor to the British Red Cross, from Bermondsey, London, and Debi Hanley, 43, a psychotherapy and stress management specialist from Norwich, are travelling as part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Rapid Deployment Team.
The pair will help provide practical and emotional support to Britons in Haiti who have been affected by the earthquake.
Vanessa Spiller, head of British Red Cross emergency response, said:
"Britons in Haiti may need support. The British Red Cross team working in liaison with Foreign and Commonwealth Office colleagues will assist to meet the needs of UK citizens by providing them with appropriate practical and emotional support. ”
In accordance with its role as an auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, the British Red Cross team has gone to Haiti at the request of the FCO, which is responsible for providing consular assistance to Britons overseas.
The British Red Cross has trained volunteers on standby to offer practical help and emotional support to people affected by tragedies overseas.
In previous deployments, support staff have assisted Britons following the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008, the Thai air disaster in Phuket in September 2007, and assisted with the evacuation of British nationals from Brazzaville, Congo, in March of the same year.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.