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Bolivia 4/24/2014

Cochabamba department. Omereque municipality. A drought is affecting seven towns and affecting agriculture. Municipal emergency declared. (m: ABI).

Colombia 4/24/2014

Tolima department. Ibagué municipality. Floods and landslides from rain affect ten neighborhoods; no health damage. Drinking water supply is partially affected. (m: RCN Radio, Caracol)
Valle del Cauca department. Trujillo municipality. Strong winds damage 67 homes. Local authorities request departmental and national support. (m: El País, Caracol)

Ecuador 4/24/2014

Manabí province. Manta community. Ammonia leak causes four deaths and injures 33 people, nine of them seriously. Local response with provincial support. (o.s: SNGR; m: El Comercio, Hoy).

Mexico 4/24/2014

Michoacán state. Lázaro Cárdenas municipality. Fertilizer plant fire generates a gas cloud that causes 77 people to seek medical care. Three schools and residents of a community were also evacuated preventively. Local and state response. (o.s: Michoacán Government, Michoacán Civil Protection; m: Quadratin, El Universal).

Peru 4/24/2014

Ubinas volcano. Volcanic activity and ash emission continues. Cases of conjunctivitis increase in San Juan Tarucani. Response: Strengthening of medical and psychological response by medical brigades, as well as support in the evacuation of Moquegua. Preventive measures and monitoring ongoing in communities affected by ashfall in Puno. Humanitarian aid sent to population in shelters. (o.s: INDECI, Ministry of Health, INGEMMET; m: El Comercio, Crónica Viva).

Bolivia 4/24/2014

Cochabamba department. Omereque municipality. A drought is affecting seven towns and affecting agriculture. Municipal emergency declared. (m: ABI).

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Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital

Multimedia Training Program on Hospitals Safe from Disasters

PAHO/WHO has launched a new multimedia training program on disaster risk reduction and safe hospitals. The Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital combines video, two- and 3-D animation, images and sound to make the learning experience much more versatile and easy to use. The program also includes presentations and technical publications to create a virtual learning environment on ‘safe hospitals.’

The virtual tour is organized by modules, which can be used independently to explore specific aspects of the issue or which can be followed in sequence for a complete overview. A User's Guide accompanies the journey through the safe hospital, enabling the ‘traveller’ to adapt the route to his/her needs. A complete journey may take about three hours; on the other hand, the opening video—which gives a good overview of all the program’s components—can be viewed in about 15 minutes.

The virtual hospital DVD includes a library where support materials—text, videos, powerpoint presentations, etc.—can be consulted and downloaded, making this an excellent tool for self-study, Internet-based distance learning or classroom use by knowledgeable instructors.

Take a moment to consult the User’s Guide for an illustrated tour of this innovative training tool (click on the link in the right-hand column.) Feedback is always welcome at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

The development of the Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital has been made possible thanks to the financial support of the Division of International Humanitarian Assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA/IHA), the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/AID) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). The Regional Office for the Americas of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) supported the duplication of this DVD within the framework of the 2008–2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, “Hospitals Safe from Disasters.”

Order a DVD from PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Instructions for downloding the program will be published soon.

Download the User's Guide as a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these files. Download the software for free from the Adobe website.

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