Posted in Issue 92 July 2003 News from PAHO/WHO
The impact of major disasters in the Americas and their effects on critical facilities points to the need to examine more closely these three issues.
These issues will be the focus of a major international meeting in El Salvador in July. More information in the next issue of this newsletter.
Approximately 50% of the hospitals in the Americas are located in high risk areas.
Is it inevitable that a disaster will put a hospital out of commission?
Unnecessary evacuation of hospitals in the aftermath of disasters can lead to serious problems. Should we evacuate or not and when is evacuation counterproductive?
Some disaster-affected countries have accepted field hospitals as a temporary measure.
How useful are they in disaster situations?