Training Program for Volcanic Emergencies


Colombia and Ecuador will be the focus of a project to strengthen the health sector’s capacity to respond to volcanic eruptions. Through the project, funded by the DIPECHO initiative of the European Union, technical guidelines and multimedia training material will be produced for health professionals to aid in damage assessment, epidemiological surveillance, environmental health, mental health and communications. A cadre of health professionals will also be trained in these health preparedness issues to replicate the training in at-risk areas.

One innovative aspect of this project will be the development of a special module for decision making related to volcanic emergency scenarios, through a series of tests and practical exercises. The module will be supported with an extensive collection of readings based on the direct experience accumulated in the Americas in the past 25 years. Contact Ricardo Perez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information in an upcoming issue of this newsletter.

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