Managing stress in humanitarian workers

2012Antares Foundation

Humanitarian organizations today are more professionally managed and better equipped and prepared than years ago. However direct exposure to misery, the ever-growing numbers of people affected by humanitarian crises, deteriorating safety and security conditions, and limited available resources mean that humanitarian workers remain exposed to a wide variety of sources of stress. Good staff care and psychosocial care have proven to be an important asset in stress management and the prevention and treatment of traumatic and post-traumatic stress. However, although there is awareness of these issues in most organizations, adequate care systems for national and international staff are often underdeveloped and lack attention and resources. This guideline is both in English and Arabic.

Key wordsarmed conflict / disaster / psychosocial intervention

CountriesGlobal / Middle East

CategoryManuals and guidelines