Issue 117 - April 2012 Safe Hospitals

The Initiative in Other Sectors: Safe Schools

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altWhen a disaster occurs, children in schools and patients in hospitals are two of the most vulnerable groups. They run greater risks of losing their lives when these installations are not safe. In addition, an educational center that remains undamaged can serve as a shelter and/or a gathering place, while another installation can be identified to resume classes.

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Earthquake Plan for Mexico: An Example to Follow

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altThe probability of strong earthquakes in Mexico—particularly along the Guerrero Fault on the Pacific coast—is very high. Because of the accumulated energy in that region, one or more earthquakes of magnitude-8 or higher in the Richter scale are expected in the near future. The tremors that have shaken the country in recent weeks are an indication of the high seismic activity in this geographic area.

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Hospitals are Patients Too

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altEven a brief review of the adverse events of recent years should be enough to remind us that natural phenomena in our region have on many occasions left health care facilities non-functional, even when not badly damaged.

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Accelerated Recovery for Hospitals: The Experience of Chile

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altOne of the major challenges after disasters is the rapid recovery of the lost health services. Chile faced this problem after the earthquake and tsunami of 27 February 2010. The hospitals of Talca, Curicó, Cauquenes, Hualañé, San Antonio de Putaendo, Angol, Chillán, San Carlos and Félix Bulnes were completely destroyed and many others had multiple and significant damages.

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Smart Health Care Facilities

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altThe negative impact of climate change on health includes worse sanitation conditions from limited water supplies and conditions that favor the spread of water and vector borne diseases like malaria, dengue and gastroenteritis, among others. But at the same time, health care facilities are one of the largest consumers of energy, with a large environmental footprint.

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Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

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