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Guatemala 7/30/2014

Drought damages crops, affecting 40,000 families in eight departments. (m.: Siglo 21, Prensa Libre)
Alta Verapaz Department. Floods and landslides from floods affect 474 people and damage 79 homes in two municipalities. (o.s.: CONRED)

Mexico 7/30/2014

Sonora State. Agua Prieta Municipality. Rise of Cabullona Creek causes eight deaths and four people missing during a sports event. 25 people rescued. State response. Alert for rising rivers .(o.s.: Gobierno de Sonora; m.: Milenio,
Querétaro State. Querétaro Municipality. Fire from gas pipe causes eight injuries and evacuation of 150 people; damage to homes and vehicles. Local and state response. (m.: Milenio)
Earthquake 6.4M update: one person killed in Oaxaca and damage to 73 homes in Oaxaca and Veracruz. Minor damages to San Alejandro Hospital of the IMSS in Puebla and Oaxaca General Hospital, no service disruption. (o.s.: Gobierno de Oaxaca;  m.: La Jornada de Oriente, Milenio, Excelsior).

Venezuela 7/30/2014

State of Zulia. Drought affects six municipalities. Water reserves up to 59 days. State response with national support. Rationing plans and water distribution by tankers. (m.: Agencia Venezolana de Noticias)

Guatemala 7/30/2014

Drought damages crops, affecting 40,000 families in eight departments. (m.: Siglo 21, Prensa Libre)
Alta Verapaz Department. Floods and landslides from floods affect 474 people and damage 79 homes in two municipalities. (o.s.: CONRED)



PAHO Post-Disaster Guidelines for Oral Health

Natural disasters and other emergency events cause suffering to the affected population and generally disrupt the local health care system’s capacity to function. The negative impact on health services not only can undermine years of work toward improving the health system infrastructure but also introduce new barriers to the provision of primary care services, including dental and oral health. In previous disasters, oral health has been overlooked and has not been identified as a priority, even though it is an integral part of overall health that cannot be ignored.

In order to make oral health an important factor within the provision of treatment and rehabilitation services during the post-disaster recovery and rebuilding process of the health care system, it is necessary to facilitate the joint and integrated disaster response actions of the many governmental and non-governmental humanitarian aid groups involved. The purpose of the guidelines is to provide technical assistance to humanitarian actors interested in restoring and rebuilding oral health services in countries and communities affected by disasters. The guidelines will serve five primary purposes:

  1. Assist local emergency response decision–makers to determine needs on a priority basis;
  2. Sustain the implementation of appropriate emergency response measures and plans;
  3. Support the appeal to local and international potential donors to consider making a contribution to oral health programs and services;
  4. Facilitate the procurement, shipment, storage, delivery, and monitoring of donations; and
  5. Strengthen the existing oral health system by integrating oral health with primary health services.

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