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Bolivia 10/23/2014

Drought. Civil Defense will deliver 30 tons of humanitarian assistance in the border town of Charaña, which will benefit 649 families and 1,500 head of cattle affected by drought. The director of the Emergency Operations Center said on Wednesday that the governor of the department of Santa Cruz declared a drought emergency affecting 12 municipalities in the region; the effects will be mitigated with a budget of 4 million bolivianos. (m.: ABI).

Brazil 10/23/2014

Several cities are in state of emergency due to various natural hazards. Drought is affecting the municipalities of Olhos d'Água and Palmópolis in Minas Gerais; and also Bom Jesus da Lapa, Bahia, and Redondo Well, in Sergipe. The cities of Mato Rico, Paraná and Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul are being affected by rainfall. Finally, the municipality of Saudades, in Santa Catarina, is in emergency due to floods. (o.s.: Civil Defense).

Nicaragua 10/23/2014

Floods. Yellow Alert remains; showers are expected to persist in the country, with potential for landslides, mudslides, overflows and flooding of homes, mainly in Rivas, Granada, Masaya, San Juan River, the South Caribbean and the Autonomous Region. More than 100 families have been evacuated and 27 people have died. So far 60,345 people have been affected nationwide; there are 32 active shelters and 90 solidarity houses, where 1,053 families remain. There are also 6,214 damaged homes, including destroyed, partially destroyed, flooded, and in relocation. (o.s.: INETER; m.c.: La Voz del Sandinismo).

Bolivia 10/23/2014

Drought. Civil Defense will deliver 30 tons of humanitarian assistance in the border town of Charaña, which will benefit 649 families and 1,500 head of cattle affected by drought. The director of the Emergency Operations Center said on Wednesday that the governor of the department of Santa Cruz declared a drought emergency affecting 12 municipalities in the region; the effects will be mitigated with a budget of 4 million bolivianos. (m.: ABI).



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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