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PAHO/WHO Response to the December 2013 Floods in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Floods triggered by a trough, on 24 December 2013, produced a 'National Level 2' disaster in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The floods left US$ 108.4 million in losses, including US$ 2,052,917 to the health sector. Several health facilities in the island sustained serious damage, among them, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the largest in the country. Supplies and records were destroyed and costly equipment was damaged.


New Self-Instruction Course for the Use of the Hospital Safety Index

PAHO/WHO's Disaster Preparedness Program presents this new course, created to train professionals in the use of the Hospital Safety Index (HSI) tool. The course uses an easy and dynamic methodology, without losing sight of the essential technical content.


Take a virtual tour of a hospital that is safe from disasters and can continue to function in emergencies, using this new, easy-to-use DVD that combines video and 3-D animation to explore the elements that could potentially put health facilities at risk. The virtual learning environment also includes a library of publications and several PowerPoint presentations. 


Health Planning for a Volcanic Crisis


Mental Health Care in Disaster Situations

Disasters generally cause some degree of psychosocial trauma in nearly all sectors of society. The psychological response in communities varies and changes with the passage of time. This slide set serves to make health professionals aware of certain expected patterns of emotional response in disaster situations in communities and measures that can be used to deal with them.

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