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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.



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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