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Paraguay 12/19/2014

Heavy rain caused the drainage system to collapse at the Center of Medical Emergencies (CEM).   The effect of the water produced the fall of the ceiling at the ambulatory assistance area, where RAC is carried out (patient reception area) and also part of the emergencies area.   There were no disruptions generated in the service provided to the patients. (m.c.: ADNDIGITAL)

Chile 12/19/2014

Update. Wildfires monitoring Red Alert for the communes of Alto Biobío and Quilaco as they are being affected by wildfires: "Laguna El Barco" fire has been controlled. In the Alto Biobío commune an approximate 1.6 hectares of araucaria and native forest is being affected.   Brigades and a CONAF helicopter worked today on control tasks.   The "Reserva Nalcas" wild fire in the Quilaco commune affects an area of 12 hectares. The "Vilucura" wild fire, in the Quilaco commune affects an 0.2 hectares of native forest and thicket.   Helicopter from CONAF has been assisting on this task.   (o.s.: ONEMI)

Paraguay 12/19/2014

Heavy rain caused the drainage system to collapse at the Center of Medical Emergencies (CEM).   The effect of the water produced the fall of the ceiling at the ambulatory assistance area, where RAC is carried out (patient reception area) and also part of the emergencies area.   There were no disruptions generated in the service provided to the patients. (m.c.: ADNDIGITAL)


Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital

Multimedia Training Program on Hospitals Safe from Disasters

PAHO/WHO has launched a new multimedia training program on disaster risk reduction and safe hospitals. The Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital combines video, two- and 3-D animation, images and sound to make the learning experience much more versatile and easy to use. The program also includes presentations and technical publications to create a virtual learning environment on ‘safe hospitals.’

The virtual tour is organized by modules, which can be used independently to explore specific aspects of the issue or which can be followed in sequence for a complete overview. A User's Guide accompanies the journey through the safe hospital, enabling the ‘traveller’ to adapt the route to his/her needs. A complete journey may take about three hours; on the other hand, the opening video—which gives a good overview of all the program’s components—can be viewed in about 15 minutes.

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The virtual hospital DVD includes a library where support materials—text, videos, powerpoint presentations, etc.—can be consulted and downloaded, making this an excellent tool for self-study, Internet-based distance learning or classroom use by knowledgeable instructors.

Take a moment to consult the User’s Guide for an illustrated tour of this innovative training tool (click on the link in the right-hand column.) Feedback is always welcome at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The development of the Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital has been made possible thanks to the financial support of the Division of International Humanitarian Assistance of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA/IHA), the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/AID) and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). The Regional Office for the Americas of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) supported the duplication of this DVD within the framework of the 2008–2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, “Hospitals Safe from Disasters.”

Order a DVD from PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Instructions for downloding the program will be published soon.

Download the User's Guide as a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these files. Download the software for free from the Adobe website.

 User's Guide (780 Kb)

 

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