The PAHO Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief presents the Knowledge Center in Public Health and Disasters available online at www.saludydesastres.info.
Providing an open access for all those interested, this online center--organized as a manual or thematic guide--presents an overview of the most important topics on public health and disasters: general concepts, organization of the health sector and policies, disasters risk reduction, disaster preparedness, health response in emergencies and disasters, rehabilitation and reconstruction and alliances and international assistance. Currently, the Center is only available in Spanish; the English version is coming soon.
With a simple and friendly navigation system, each section provides the reader with an explanation of all the fundamental aspects of every topic with access-–through links--to sources and complementary information resources, as well as the websites of different initiatives and agencies.
The organization of the Center facilitates more integrated knowledge of every topic and allows the reader to know more about the aspects he/she might be more interested in, while providing efficient, fast and easy access to an array of publications and technical information resources on public health and disasters produced by PAHO/WHO and other organizations.
Financed by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/USAID) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), this tool reaffirms PAHO/WHO commitment to strengthen the capacities of the countries to reduce disaster risk and to respond in an appropriate way to the health sector needs caused by emergencies.