From official sources (O.S.) and media (M). It does not represent PAHO's official position.
Putumayo department. Environmental emergency update. A humanitarian mission comprised of the People’s Defens,e UNGRD and departamental and local authorities has been mobilized for the evaluation of damages to the communitiy and water sources. Cleaning efforts have been difficult due to insecuirty and minefields. It is estimated that the environmental situation will become worse in the next two weeks, and it will take more than 25 years for the ecosystem to partially recover. (o.s.: Defensoría del Pueblo; m.: RNC, Caracol, El Espectador)
Antioquia department. Apartadó, Carepa, and Chigorodó municipalities. Gales cause eight injuries and affect 1,000 people, damages to homes and electric services. Local response, damage evaluation. (m.c.: El Espectador)
Limón province. Floods affect homes and roads in five districts. Rivers continue to rise, and there are high waves on the coast. Green Alert for rain for the Caribbean Watershed and the North Zone. (o.s.: CNE; m.: La Nación)
Floods update. 49,189 families have been affected, of those, 16,713 are displaced in Asunción. Rural populations in Chaco remain isolated. The Paraguay and Paraná river levels continue to descend, although they will continue to rise in Pilar. Response: 47,184 families have received assistance in Asunción and in ten departments. Housing has been provided for 850 families in Asunción. Strengthening of epidemiological monitoring and medical attention in affected zones and psychological care in shelters; respiratory illnesses are the main concern. Enforcement of water quality monitoring and vector control activities. PAHO is financing a pilot project for restrooms and bathing facilities for refugees. The government is receiving donations from Itapua Department and private businesses. According to international cooperation, $US 3.4 million are needed to finance humanitarian projects. (o.s.: SEN, Minister of Health, Government of Paraguay)
Drought affecting the whole island; there is an insufficient supply to meet the demand for water. Rationing program will be maintained. (o.s.: Government of St Lucia, Water Management Plan for Drought Conditions (2009); m.: Caribbean 360)
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.
Regional Office of the World Health Organization