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Guatemala 12/16/2014

Cold front (update). Due to the very low temperatures, more than 2000 people have been assisted in shelters in Guatemala between November and December. Official sources reported on Monday that this is affecting mainly populations of the west of the country. (m.: NOTICIAS.TERRA).

Guatemala 12/16/2014

Cold front (update). Due to the very low temperatures, more than 2000 people have been assisted in shelters in Guatemala between November and December. Official sources reported on Monday that this is affecting mainly populations of the west of the country. (m.: NOTICIAS.TERRA).



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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