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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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Request for proposals - Health Facilities Safety Improvement

Improvement of Health Service Resiliency to the Impact of Emergencies and Disasters

PAHO/WHO is seeking to contract a suitably qualified and experienced consultant/firm to undertake work associated with health facilities resiliency to the Impact of Emergencies and Disasters related to the “Caribbean Health Services Resilient to Impact of Emergencies and Disasters” project, financed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). The project aims to improve the resilience of health services to respond to emergencies and disasters in the Caribbean.

The purpose of this request is to solicit competitive proposals for the consultancy advertised. Terms of reference is attached.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 6 September 2013 

 

Request for proposals

Design and Implementation of Public Awareness Strategy

PAHO/WHO is seeking to contract a suitably qualified and experienced consultant/firm to undertake work associated with the design and implementation of communication and public awareness strategies related to the “Caribbean Health Services Resilient to Impact of Emergencies and Disasters” project, financed by the European Commission Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). The project aims to improve the resilience of health services to respond to emergencies and disasters in the Caribbean.

The purpose of this request is to solicit competitive proposals for the consultancy advertised. Terms of reference is attached.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 6 September 2013.

 

Smart Hospitals Toolkit

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 built or retrofitted in such a way that they are resilient to the effects of natural and manmade hazards. 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.

 

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Mass Casualty Management Training in Antigua

Twenty-nine individuals from various emergency response agencies completed a one-week training on Mass Casualty Management (MCM) at the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).
 
The September 9-13 session was supported by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) as part of its technical cooperation support to the Ministry of Health.

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