In many cases, the health impacts suffered by people who live through environmental catastrophes are visible. But like the “invisible” contamination that grips towns and cities blighted by radiation, poison and other pollutants, the psychosocial stresses endured by children, women and men are often less apparent to the eye.
Isolation, stigmatization, lack of hope: these causes and more are sources of the mental stress many people in communities living within the radius of the Chernobyl nuclear accident have felt. Similarly in Northern Iraq where poison gas was used against civilians, or in South-East Asia where communities were targeted by Agent Orange.
Green Cross delivers social care activities through a supportive community-based network to help people to deal with the social problems associated with living in contaminated areas. SOCMED promotes the continuous growth of self esteem, self reliance and help.
The most vulnerable members of society – children, single mothers and poor families – are the focus of this work. Mother and Child Clubs and the social cooperatives of the SOCMED-programme promote ways for people to alleviate stress.