Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


Monitoring Emergencies



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Peru 1/26/2015

Cajamarca Department. Intense Rains generated overflow of the Amoju River, leaving 25 families affected in the District and Province of Jaén. (os.: INDECI).

Peru 1/26/2015

Cajamarca Department. Intense Rains generated overflow of the Amoju River, leaving 25 families affected in the District and Province of Jaén. (os.: INDECI).



Van transporting children overturned in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment of St. Vincent and the Grenadines activated its mass casualty management plan to deal with casualties in the incident, where a van transporting approximately 21 passengers 14 of which are said to be school children overturned, falling down an embankment in an area called “Rock Gutter”.

The Pan American Health Organization that works closely with the Ministry in the area of emergency preparedness and risk reduction, offered assistance with emergency supplies for the victims.

 

Health Services from Peru and Chile Provided Immediate Attention to "injured People in Traffic Accident on the Border"

These actions were part of a Binational Simulation, conducted to evaluate the preparedness and response capacity of the health services of the Ministries of Health of Peru and Chile, against risk scenarios that may arise in the border area, that deserve a joint and coordinated work. See more.

PAHO/WHO Response to the December 2013 Floods in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Floods triggered by a trough, on 24 December 2013, produced a 'National Level 2' disaster in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The floods left US$ 108.4 million in losses, including US$ 2,052,917 to the health sector. Several health facilities in the island sustained serious damage, among them, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the largest in the country. Supplies and records were destroyed and costly equipment was damaged.

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October 13, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated every year on 13 October. Under the motto "Resilience is for Life," the focus this year is on older people, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

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Ministries of health of the Americas seek to strengthen coordination of humanitarian assistance in emergencies and disasters

Representatives of ministries of health in the Americas adopted a plan of action to improve coordination of international humanitarian assistance during emergencies and disasters, in order to facilitate a timely, effective response and save lives.

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