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Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.

Ecuador 3/26/2015

  • De Los Rios Province: Areas of Babahoyo and nearby localities flooded after 8 hours of intense rain.   Areas of the center and the periphery were flooded yesterday. The Prefecture, Social Security, terrestrial terminal among others buildings were affected by the floods. (mc.: eluniverso).
  • Via Aloag-Santo Domingo (Update) Landslide site that killed 5 people is declared a cemetery.  The bodies cannot be rescued as the site is not safe.  A total are 13 fatal victims including two people in the parish Alluriquín. (m.: eluniverso).

Peru 3/26/2015

Landslide, March 24, 19:00hrs local time. Choros District, Cajamarca Department; 34 homes affected, 9 collapsed, 25 unsafe to return and 0.5km of rural road also affected.  (os.: INDECI).

Chile 3/26/2015

Antofagasta, Atacama, and Coquimbo: Flash flooding generated by intense rains related to a cold front that affects the northern area of the country and that causing rivers to breach their banks. Seven reported deaths and the 19 missing, nearly 500 homes affected, 35 destroyed and nearly 2000 people in shelters. Atacama is the region that has been primarily affected. According to authorities (ONEMI), the most critical areas affected in Atacama are located in Chañaral, Copiapó, Alto del Carmen and Tierra Amarilla. Damage assessment is in progress but access and communication difficulty hinders data collection. Several hospitals have reported damages and are only partially functioning. The Ministry of Health evaluates the situation of the assistance network and issues adjustments in the services network and a Sanitary Alert in Atacama and recommendations. A State of Emergency decree has been issued for the current emergency. ENFERMEPEDIA.



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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