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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



New Self-Instruction Course for the Use of the Hospital Safety Index

PAHO/WHO's Disaster Preparedness Program presents this new course, created to train professionals in the use of the Hospital Safety Index (HSI) tool. The course uses an easy and dynamic methodology, without losing sight of the essential technical content.

The Hospital Safety Index determines the probability that a hospital will continue to function during and after a disaster. It has already been used in 32 countries and territories in the Americas. The results given by the tool allow for the establishment of priorities for interventions to improve the safety of  health facilities in cases of disasters.

The ISH course is based on self-instruction and users can work at their own pace, returning to a subject as often as necessary. Since users immediately know the result of their efforts, it gives them motivation to continue studying.

The material has been built as an interactive platform that illustrates the key issues with readings, games, reminders and assessments that, once completed, will allow the user to continue with the training. The expected time to complete the course is 30 hours and should be finished within a period not exceeding one week.

The course is available on CD and, for now, only in Spanish. It can be requested from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The production of this material has been made possible through the financial support of the Department for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection of the European Union (ECHO), the Division of Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and the Office of Foreign Assistance Disaster of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/USAID).

 

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