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Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)

Colombia 7/29/2014

Valle de Cauca department. Buenaventura municipality. Electricity outages since 8 p.m. affect 400,000 people in rural and urban areas; they were possibly caused by attacks on power transformers. The electricity is working in the hospital zone. Emergency plan activated. (m.: El Espectador, Caracol, El Tiempo)

United States 7/29/2014

California. Forest fires in Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada and in Amador County leave one person injured and damaged 51 homes and buildings. Evacuations underway. Local and state response. (o.s.: CalFire, INCIWEB; m.: KPPC, NBC)

Guatemala 7/29/2014

 Flood and landslide update. 1,541 people affected in the Alta Verapaz, Izabal, and Baja Verapaz Departments. Damage to 268 homes. Response by departamental authorities. (o.s.: CONRED)

Honduras 7/29/2014

Drought affects 28 municipalities in five departments. National response. Food distribution in El Paraíso department. (o.s.: COPECO)

Mexico 7/29/2014

6.4 magnitude earthquake recorded, with a depth of 131 km, 46 km southwest of Isla (Veracruz), no major damage. Fence in Civil Hospital of Oaxaca falls, no victims. Activation of security protocols, state governments initiate monitoring for possible damage. (o.s.:  Gobierno del DF, Gobierno de Oaxaca, Gobierno de Veracruz;  m.: Milenio).

Chile 7/29/2014

Biobío Region. Floods and landslides due to rain affect 500 people and damage 130 homes; damage to the emergency room of the Lota Hospital (will be relocated shortly). Yellow Alert remains for storm system until Thursday. (o.s.: ONEMIIntendencia de Biobio, Hospital de Lota ; m.: Biobio Chile, Resumen)



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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