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.

This Conference is the Caribbean region’s largest gathering of professionals in the fields of disaster management and professionals from sectoral and thematic fields who have specific responsibilities in this area.

At the Conference, the Pan American Health Organization convened the Caribbean Health Disaster Risk Reduction (CHDRR) Committee meeting and coordinated the thematic session on Disaster resilience in the Health Sector which was attended not only by health sector actors but also disaster management specialists, academe and development partners. An exhibition booth was organized to showcase health disaster management initiatives and promote tools, publications and other education materials. These materials are also accessible in PAHO’s new Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters at http://www.healthanddisasters.info