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Colombia 11/25/2014

Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).

Colombia 11/25/2014

Valle del Cauca: Floods. At least 40 houses were flooded after the sudden rising of the Guabitas River in the municipality of Guacarí. There has been loss of household goods, food and some barnyard animals. Aid to assist the population was requested because the emergency overwhelmed the municipal authority’s capacity. (m.: Desastres Colombia).



Disaster Reduction Themes Included at the 50th Directing Council

Dr. Margaret ChanDuring her speech at the opening of PAHO/WHO's 50th Directing Council, Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO's Director General, mentioned two of the disaster reduction tools developed by PAHO/WHO, the Hospital Safety Index and the assessment tool for managing health services in ways that improve efficiency and cut costs. In addition, a Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals is one of the items of the meeting's agenda, that will be discussed on Thursday, September 30. In the link below you can see Dr. Chang's speech and the document of Safe Hospitals.

Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals

Dr. Margaret Chan's Speech opening 50th Directing Council at the Pan American Health Organization

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