PAHO Inaugurates new Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center

The new PAHO Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center was inaugurated during the 150th Executive Committee Meeting in PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The design of the Center seeks to respond to the new and complex challenges of public health crises and disaster situations. The interconnected and flexible work spaces will improve the exchange of information and the Organizationís response to the needs of the Member States.

The ceremony was led by Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization, together with Edward Gabriel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Miriam Morales, President of the PAHO Executive Committee and Delegate from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The Center will integrate a dynamic space with the use of new information technologies and communications with information dissemination services, through the use of institutional and social networks. It also has the technology needed to connect the PAHO headquarters with country offices in Member States and response teams working in the field. The Center is equipped with self-sufficient energy sources and installations to ensure the continuity of services, even in the most difficult conditions.

The video (in Spanish) provides additional information on the functions of the new Emergency Operations Center and Knowledge Center.