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Caribbean Health Services Resilient to Emergencies and Disasters

Caribbean countries are particularly vulnerable to the impact of natural hazards and damage to hospitals feature highly among losses reported. Functional collapse is the main cause of hospitals being out of service after a disaster; only a small percentage of them are out of service exclusively due to structural damage. The major reason for the collapse of health infrastructure and corresponding deaths was due to the fact that hospitals are constructed without taking into account natural hazards, and that systems progressively deteriorate due to lack of maintenance over time.


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.


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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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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