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Panama 8/18/2014

Chiriqui. Heavy rains on Sunday night generated floods and mudslides. At least 2 people are dead, 5 are missing, and 12 who were isolated were rescued. Rain conditions will probably continue. A shelter was established to attend to the victims. (o.s: SINAPROC)

Dominican Republic 8/18/2014

Altagracia Province. A fire at the Maternity Hospital on 16 August prompted the evacuation of 18 of the 81 children in the area of perinatology and their transfer to Robert Read Cabral and Reinaldo Almanzar hospitals and two other health facilities . There were no injured among patients or medical staff. The unit stopped activities. (o.s.: SESPAS ) (m.: Hoy.dig)

Panama 8/18/2014

Chiriqui. Heavy rains on Sunday night generated floods and mudslides. At least 2 people are dead, 5 are missing, and 12 who were isolated were rescued. Rain conditions will probably continue. A shelter was established to attend to the victims. (o.s: SINAPROC)



PAHO Inaugurates new Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center

The new PAHO Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center was inaugurated during the 150th Executive Committee Meeting in PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The design of the Center seeks to respond to the new and complex challenges of public health crises and disaster situations. The interconnected and flexible work spaces will improve the exchange of information and the Organization’s response to the needs of the Member States.

The ceremony was led by Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, together with Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Miriam Morales, President of the PAHO Executive Committee and Delegate from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The Center will integrate a dynamic space with the use of new information technologies and communications with information dissemination services, through the use of institutional and social networks. It also has the technology needed to connect the PAHO headquarters with country offices in Member States and response teams working in the field. The Center is equipped with self-sufficient energy sources and installations to ensure the continuity of services, even in the most difficult conditions.

The video (in Spanish) provides additional information on the functions of the new Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center.

 

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