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Van transporting children overturned in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment of St. Vincent and the Grenadines activated its mass casualty management plan to deal with casualties in the incident, where a van transporting approximately 21 passengers 14 of which are said to be school children overturned, falling down an embankment in an area called “Rock Gutter”.

The Pan American Health Organization that works closely with the Ministry in the area of emergency preparedness and risk reduction, offered assistance with emergency supplies for the victims.


SMART Hospitals Toolkit

UPDATE - All the components of the SMART Hospitals Toolkit are now online

Health care facilities are ‘SMART’ when they link their structural and operational safety with green interventions, at a reasonable cost-to-benefit ratio. This Toolkit is comprised of previously developed instruments such as the Hospital Safety Index, which many countries are using to help ensure that new or existing health facilities are disaster-resilient. The Green Checklist and other accompanying tools support the Safe Hospitals Initiative and will guide health officials and hospital administrators in achieving SMART health care facilities.


Hospital Administrator Post-Disaster Functional Checklist

The Post Disaster Functional Checklist was designed to be a simple tool that can be used by the Hospital Administrator or CEO, to determine if the facility is safe to continue operations and its level the functionality following an event. The Checklist is separated into three sections: Structural, Non-structural and Functional aspects of the hospital. It provides guidance when assessing the impact on the structure, lifelines, hospital equipment, medical supplies and staff.

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Update on the Response to the Christmas Floods of 2013 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia

A low pressure tropical trough brought heavy rainfalls to the Eastern Caribbean on December 2013, severely affecting health facilities and other infrastructure in the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia. The attached report highlights some of the advances PAHO/WHO has made in restoring access to healthcare in those countries, with the support from international donors.

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Application of the SMART Hospitals Course

Health professionals, engineers, architects and disaster managers from several Caribbean countries joined together in the British Virgin Islands from the 11 – 14 February 2014 to discuss the vulnerabilities of Healthcare Facilities and their ability to withstand the impact of natural hazards and climate change.  The course highlighted initiatives to improve existing design and construction of Health Facilities in the region with specific focus on improving the facility’s safety and greenness.  It also gave a practical application of the step-by-step SMART hospitals toolkit and justification of its benefits. 

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