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Bolivia 1/28/2015

More than 2,000 families in the municipality of Azurduy, in Chuquisaca, have suffered losses in crop production, due to torrential rains and hailstorms during the month of January. (m.: ELPAIS).

Guatemala 1/27/2015

Low temperatures. The departments of Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Guatemala have sheltered nearly 2,500 people thus far in 2015 to protect them from the low temperatures. The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) has set up 14 shelters throughout the country. (m:.Publinews).

Bolivia 1/28/2015

More than 2,000 families in the municipality of Azurduy, in Chuquisaca, have suffered losses in crop production, due to torrential rains and hailstorms during the month of January. (m.: ELPAIS).



Guidelines for the Evaluation of Small Health Facilities

Based on the experience gained with the hospital safety index (HSI) in hospitals, a new assessment tool has been developed by PAHO for less complex health facilities, including primary care hospitals providing basic specialties (obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, internal medicine, and general surgery), hospitals with less than 20 beds or without inpatient services, health centers, polyclinics, clinics, etc.

The guide outlines the most common risks for health facilities of medium and low complexity. It is designed to ensure that a facility will be able to continue providing services after an adverse event. It identifies the most important structural, nonstructural, and functional vulnerabilities and addresses interventions needed to increase a facility’s safety. It has been prepared for the reality of Latin America, and users are encouraged to adapt the contents according to the situation in their country.

The guide is currently available in Spanish only, the English version will be published shortly.

 

 

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