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Essential Medicines List for Emergencies and Disasters in the Caribbean

This new publication is intended to be used by national policy makers, clinicians and pharmacists as reference for the preparation of national disaster plans and emergency management, and to form part of the national essential medicines list. It aims to assist countries in providing urgent medical care in the acute phase of disasters and emergencies, including emergency surgical interventions, and in continuing health care for people under treatment, including those with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular diseases and mental health disorders.

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Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean

This new publication takes an in-depth look at mental health and psychosocial issues in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the English-speaking Caribbean, and provides an overview of support mechanisms for dealing with the challenges that inevitably arise.

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Health Cluster Coordinators Training - Barbados

The Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief unit of PAHO/WHO in the Caribbean hosted for the first time the Health Cluster Coordinators Training Workshop from 28-30 June 2011 in Barbados. Twenty one participants attended this workshop which aimed to strengthen the Health Cluster mechanism in the Americas with trained professionals with the required profile to coordinate a multi-partner health response at country level. The workshop identified key health cluster coordinators (HCC) in the region, streamlined the humanitarian reform concept, the health cluster mechanism and its functions, and further expanded the region's HCC roster.
It was designed to provide both, a theoretical and practical approach to understanding the health cluster mechanism.  Participants benefitted from in-depth analysis of the cluster approach through sessions and modules including group work and plenary discussions.  There was a strong emphasis on solution finding, experience sharing and providing practical guidance on effective coordination.

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Guidelines for Developing Emergency Simulations and Drills

This guide, originally published in Spanish, has been adapted for a Caribbean audience. It sets out the guidelines for the organization, development and evaluation of simulations and drills and offers options for the use of the exercises, always in the context of emergencies and disasters. This tool aims to support mainly but not exclusively to health organizations when they review and update their plans for preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters.

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Cluster Coordination for Emergency Response Dominican Republic

During the 20 to 24 of June, an Interagency Workshop on Cluster Coordination for Emergency Response was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This workshop was attended by key actors from the Education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors from eleven countries of the Region (Haiti, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, Paraguay, Jamaica and Dominican Republic). A total of 35 participants attended from the United Nations System, national institutions, national and international NGOs and the Red Cross Movement.

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