Disaster Advisers Take up New Posts in Latin America

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PAHO has reassigned staff responsible for its country operations in Central and South America to its subregional disaster offices in Ecuador (which covers the Spanish-speaking countries of South America and Brazil) and Costa Rica (covering the six Spanish-speaking countries in Central America). Belize is covered by the Caribbean office in Barbados. The subregional disaster officers are responsible for all aspects of technical cooperation related to preparedness, mitigation and response in these geographic areas.

Thanks to joint agreements with UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration, PAHO has stepped up other specialized areas of support. Through a Memo of Understanding with UNICEF, an engineer based in Panama will look at strengthening the capacity of Latin American and Caribbean countries to reduce vulnerability to disasters in rural drinking water systems. The IOM and PAHO are collaborating on health issues of migrating populations, and a medical officer stationed in Colombia is developing methodologies for quick health evaluations of mobile populations and to monitor access to health services. Contact these disaster advisers in their new duty stations.

Eng. Claudio Osorio
Rural Drinking Water Systems
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Dr. Alejandro Santander
Subregional Disaster
Adviser for Central America
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Dr. Carlos Roberto Garzon
Subregional Disaster Adviser for South America
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Dr. Artuto Silva
Regional Adviser on Health of Migrating Population
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