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Guatemala 8/26/2014

Drought. 236.000 affected families in 16 of the 22 departments. 500,000 children under at risk for malnutrition. Losses have been reported in agriculture, particularly corn, beans and basic grains. Public calamity state has been declared in 14 departments. Basic food distribution started last week, with support from WFP. CONRED has elevated to yellow the level of institutional alert. (o.s.: Government of Guatemala).

Peru 8/26/2014

Update 6.6 earthquake in Ayacucho (24 August). One person badly injured and eight with minor injuries; more than 750 affected. Five health centers are out of commission (2 Chaviña, Sancos, Palca, Lamapa, Colta,Ushua) and 13 have been affected. 176 homes and 36 schools have been damaged. Water supply distribution has been affected in Jaqui (Arequipa) and Chicalle (Ayacucho). National response: mobilization of health brigades to provide psychosocial support in Puquio and Cora Cora; delivery of medicines and humanitarian assistance. (o.s.: INDECI)

Dominican Republic 8/26/2014

Floods produced by Tropical Storm Cristobal forced the evacuation of more than 3,000 people to the homes of family and friends. One hospital in San Pedro de Macorís, two bridges, an electric substation damaged, 606 homes affected and 23 communities isolated in the eastern region and parts of the northeast. 18 of the 22 provinces are in alert mode. San Pedro de Macoris is the most affected. (m.: EFE, Enterao).

Guatemala 8/26/2014

Drought. 236.000 affected families in 16 of the 22 departments. 500,000 children under at risk for malnutrition. Losses have been reported in agriculture, particularly corn, beans and basic grains. Public calamity state has been declared in 14 departments. Basic food distribution started last week, with support from WFP. CONRED has elevated to yellow the level of institutional alert. (o.s.: Government of Guatemala).



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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