Mitigation Experts Available to Advise on Safe Hospitals

The Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group (DiMAG) is an international, not-for-profit body of experts that is available to provide advice and services to PAHO/WHO member countries on risk and vulnerability reduction projects in the health sector. Learn more about the DiMAG and what it has to offer.

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What is the DiMAG?

The Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group (DiMAG) is an international, not-for-profit body of experts from Latin America and the Caribbean, supported by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The DiMAG is available to provide advice and services to PAHO/WHO Member Governments—at their request—on risk and vulnerability reduction projects in the health sector. Although the DiMAG’s expertise focuses on health sector issues, the Group is composed of experts from many disciplines—engineering, architecture, disaster management, emergency services, economics and others—with a proven track record of working in developing countries.
The DiMAG works both prior to and following a range of natural and manmade disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes and torrential rains, storm surges, tsunami, volcanic eruptions, floods, fire and explosions.

What does the DiMAG offer?

At the request of Member States, the DiMAG can provide independent advice on general matters of disaster vulnerability and risk reduction in the health sector and health facilities such as:

How does the DiMAG operate?

DiMAG contributions to safe hospitals

Why was the DiMAG created?

The DiMAG grew out of a 2003 international meeting on disaster mitigation for health facilities. It was conceived as a technical resource to which Ministries of Health could turn for advice when building new health facilities or renovating, expanding or retrofitting existing facilities. It was created to address the fact that:

Where to request DiMAG’s support

Governments, ministries of health or other health organizations may request support from the DiMAG by contacting any PAHO/WHO country office in Latin America and the Caribbean or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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