Virtual Environmental and Humanitarian Adviser Tool – (VEHA Tool) is a tool
to easily integrate environmental considerations in humanitarian response. Field Implementation guidances are useful for the design and execution of humanitarian activities in the field.
Man-made and so-called natural hazards can cause significant amounts of destruction impacting the environment, livelihoods, and health of the population as well as their psychological wellbeing. Additionally, environmental factors following a traumatic event include recurring exposure to upsetting reminders of the trauma, additional adverse life events, financial or other losses related to the trauma. Inappropriate social support post-trauma can also impact someone recovering from a hugely traumatic event.
People who are living with disabilities, chronic health conditions, terminal illness, disabilities, loneliness, social exclusion, conflict, discrimination, and displacement are all significantly more likely to require mental health support.
Loss of biodiversity and ecosystems
Natural resource depletion
Impact on wellbeing / mental health
Working with community members can impact the environment directly. This includes pollution from vehicles, solid waste production from any resources distributed, and even unintentional communication of environmentally harmful coping mechanisms such as suggestions to implement community projects without considering the impacts on the environment and natural resources.
Community activities may be polluting the air, soil, and water, or spreading disease.
Many humanitarian responders now coordinate community health visits to minimise the total number of journeys.