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Strengthening Disaster Management in the Caribbean

The Caribbean’s recently held the 7th Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) from 3-7 December 2012 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The annual event is the region’s premier event on disaster risk management organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with partner agencies. This year’s conference was convened under the theme CDM: Building Disaster Resilience. A Shared Responsibility.

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Guidelines for Mainstreaming the Needs of Older Persons in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean

The Caribbean has the fastest ageing population in the developing world. Yet studies in the Caribbean reveal that most shelters do not cater to the needs and conditions of older persons, lacking for example privacy, appropriate bedding and access for the disabled. This publication takes a look at older people in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the Caribbean, and provides an overview of considerations to ensure that this group of people has the required response to their needs in disasters. After undergoing a peer review process, the final version of this publication is now online.

New! Fact Sheet on Older People in Disasters

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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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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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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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