Posted in Issue 114 - October 2010 Safe Hospitals
“Safe Hospitals and Urban Risk: Safer Cities in Central America with Health Systems Prepared to Respond to Disasters” is based on lessons learned in the previous DIPECHO project and the campaign of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction: “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” Part of the premise is that cities cannot exist without safe health facilities.
Training will continue for evaluators who will apply the Hospital Safety Index; and the index will be applied to evaluate health facilities in Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador and to develop pilot plans to reduce vulnerability. Thus, the objective is to achieve sustainable investment in urban risk reduction by promoting the protection of infrastructure, strengthening the operating capacity of health facilities, and forging partnerships with national and local authorities.
The plan also includes the design of a geographic information system, to be developed by the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC). To this end, several departments in two Central American countries will be chosen and their health facilities, security level, and natural and man-made hazards mapped.