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Mexico 1/29/2015

Federal District, Cujimalpa. A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital killing 7, injuring 22 children and 32 adults. The Cujimalpa Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of the structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 7 Public hospitals and also to Social Security Institute.  To date the response is at local level.   (m.: INFORMADOR, ELUNIVERSAL

Guatemala 1/29/2015

Rains in Santa Catarina Pinula - Colonia El Cambray II, CONRED suggests that neighbors be relocated as the risk of structures collapsing is present. During last year there were structures that collapsed.  (m.: DIGITAL).

Bolivia 1/29/2015

Storms update - Department of Chuquisaca, rains, hailstorms, and floods are affecting the population in the communities of Santa Rosa, Las Casas and Las Cañas, in the Azurduy province. (o.s.: ABI).

Mexico 1/29/2015

Federal District, Cujimalpa. A fuel tanker exploded near a hospital killing 7, injuring 22 children and 32 adults. The Cujimalpa Maternal and Child hospital underwent damages in 30% of the structure due to the explosion. Patients were sent to 7 Public hospitals and also to Social Security Institute.  To date the response is at local level.   (m.: INFORMADOR, ELUNIVERSAL



Experts Debate on Emergency and Disaster Medicine at the 4th Pan American Conference

The 4th Pan American Conference of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine is taking place from 15-17 October in Leesburg, Virginia (United States). The conference's motto is "Building the science of disaster health: from terminology to practice".

At the conference, co-sponsored by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), international experts will debate, share ideas and expose the latest developments and experiences in disciplines related to disaster and emergency health.

The subjects to be discussed include: the accreditation of foreign medical teams deployed to emergencies and disasters, the role of social media in the response to emergencies and disasters, the psychosocial aspects, the role of military and health personnel and the forensic aspects of humanitarian medicine.

In addition, Cambridge University Press, the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH), the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine have exhibit stands.

The Pan American Health Organization's Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, together with NLM, is organizing the session on social media. This session examines the benefit of social media for disaster risk reduction and identifies recommendations for its use by health institutions and organizations working in prevention and response to emergencies and disasters.

The Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief is also participating in a panel about foreign medical teams and a session about disaster terminology. Other experts from the World Health Organization are also participating in the Conference.

For more information about the program and the activities, visit the WADEM website: http://www.wadem.org/.

 

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