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Application of the SMART Hospitals Course

Health professionals, engineers, architects and disaster managers from several Caribbean countries joined together in the British Virgin Islands from the 11 – 14 February 2014 to discuss the vulnerabilities of Healthcare Facilities and their ability to withstand the impact of natural hazards and climate change.  The course highlighted initiatives to improve existing design and construction of Health Facilities in the region with specific focus on improving the facility’s safety and greenness.  It also gave a practical application of the step-by-step SMART hospitals toolkit and justification of its benefits. 


Smart Hospitals Toolkit

Health care facilities are ‘SMART’ when they link their structural and operational safety with green interventions, at a reasonable cost-to-benefit ratio. This Toolkit is comprised of previously developed instruments such as the Hospital Safety Index, which many countries are using to help ensure that new or existing health facilities are built or retrofitted in such a way that they are resilient to the effects of natural and manmade hazards. The Green Checklist and other accompanying tools support the Safe Hospitals Initiative and will guide health officials and hospital administrators in achieving SMART health care facilities.



Mass Casualty Management Training in Antigua

Twenty-nine individuals from various emergency response agencies completed a one-week training on Mass Casualty Management (MCM) at the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).
The September 9-13 session was supported by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) as part of its technical cooperation support to the Ministry of Health.



Nursing Homes in Barbados prepare for disaster events

In collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministry of Health Barbados organized a workshop on 17th July 2013 to prepare local nursing homes and senior citizens homes in the event of any disaster. The Minister of Health, Honourable John Boyce, provided a feature address at the opening ceremony


Reglamento de diseño y construcción de establecimientos de salud en República Dominicana

Available just in Spanish.

El Ministerio de Salud Pública de República Dominicana, el Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones y la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS), realizaron en Santo Domingo la primera reunión técnica para la elaboración del  Reglamento de Diseño y Construcción de establecimientos de salud. La reunión, celebrada durante los días 26 y 27 de junio, contó con el apoyo  financiero del Departamento de Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección Civil de la Comisión Europea (ECHO).

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