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Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).

USA 12/24/2014

Mississippi, Lousiana. A powerful storm system is causing heavy rain and tornadoes. The severe weather is blamed for at least four deaths and dozens of injuries. The hardest-hit areas are Columbia, Mississippi and Amite City, Louisiana. A local hospital was being forced to run on backup power to treat the injured. (fo.: MEMA mc.: CBS News).

Bolivia 12/24/2014

Oruro: Lake Poopó. The mass death of fish and birds has prompted a departmental emergency declaration and disaster area. The Legislative Assembly of Oruro Department approved Tuesday night a law declaring a departmental emergency and disaster area for Lake Poopó due to the mass death of fish and waterfowl that occurred last month. Local response by SEDAG, the military and the community. (m.: ABI).



Hospital Disaster Planning Course Updated

In 2009, PAHO/WHO revised the course materials for Hospital Planning for Disaster Response, with the collaboration of professionals from Central and South America. In updating the course, material was included on important aspects of hospital preparedness, including pandemic influenza pandemic, climate change, new concepts about safe hospitals, and the Hospital Safety Index.

Participants reviewed the course sequence and content to make sure that the course presents a practical model of the hospital emergency plan, which is the main objective of the course.

As part of the revision process, an analysis of experiences throughout the region was made. The Risk Management Team for Costa Rica’s Social Security Fund agreed to prepare the first draft. A workshop in Nicaragua was convened, where experts from Central and South America analyzed the content and methodology proposed for the new version. Finally, materials were tested at the Hospital de Cobán in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. New recommendations emerging from that trial were incorporated in the training materials.

Currently, the course is available in Spanish only. It can be accessed here.

 

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