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How do the Americas Keep Hospitals Safe?

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Throughout the Region, member countries are working to make hospitals safe from disasters, and over the last ten years, there have been great strides in ensuring hospitals do not collapse during disasters, continue to function in an emergency and have trained health workers that can provide care when needed. Click on the different links below to learn more about the different projects.

 

See what South America is doing

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Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru have made great strides to improve the safety of their hospitals. Over 260 health facilities have been assessed in the past two years, and based on their respective assessment results, an intervention plan was developed for 14 health facilities. These plans describe the problems, the technical solutions proposed, and identified priorities.

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Projects in Central America

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Several countries in Central America are working to keep their hospitals safe from disasters. By strengthening disaster preparedness and reducing vulnerability of health facilities, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua hope to build stronger and safer communities.

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What's going on in the Caribbean

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Over the last two years, countries in the Caribbean have been working to improve the safety of their health facilities. As a first step, eight countries trained a wide range professionals to apply the Hospital Safety Index, a tool used to evaluate structural, non-structural and functional aspects of health facilities.  A total of eight countries applied the Index including Montserrat, Dominica, Grenada, Anguilla, St. Vincent, St Kitts, Nevis, and Barbados.

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