Issue 103 April 2006

The Cluster Leadership Approach: Coordinating the External Response to DisastersThe Cluster Leadership Approach: Coordinating the External Response to DisastersCoordinating external assistance following large-scale disasters is the responsibility of the government of an affected country. In an ideal world, the national disaster management authority (the Civil Protection system, the...Read More >>
 
Health Disaster Response Team for the AmericasHealth Disaster Response Team for the AmericasPreparations are well underway to ensure that the PAHO/WHO Health Disaster Response Team is ready for deployment to any PAHO Member State affected by an emergency or disaster.  Last February,...Read More >>
The Challenge in Disaster Reduction for the Water and Sanitation Sector: Improving Quality of Life by Reducing VulnerabilityThe Challenge in Disaster Reduction for the Water and Sanitation Sector: Improving Quality of Life by Reducing VulnerabilityThis new joint publication (PAHO, UNICEF, the ISDR and the IFRC) was introduced at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico in March to draw attention to the importance of...Read More >>
 
Read PAHO’s Annual Report on Disaster ReductionRead PAHO’s Annual Report on Disaster ReductionPAHO’s 2005 Annual Report on disaster preparedness, mitigation and response is now on the web. PAHO’s 2005 Annual Report on disaster preparedness, mitigation and response is now on the web...Read More >>
Water Sector Recognizes Risk Management as KeyWater Sector Recognizes Risk Management as KeyThis past March, at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico, risk management was one of the themes around which priorities and strategies were defined to meet the Millennium Development...Read More >>
 
LIDERES Course: a Platform for Inter-agency CooperationLIDERES Course: a Platform for Inter-agency CooperationThe LIDERES course—a high-level management course on health, disasters and development—is designed to provide the in-depth and updated knowledge necessary to lead risk reduction programs in Latin America and the...Read More >>
Colombia: Turning Emergencies into OpportunitiesColombia: Turning Emergencies into OpportunitiesUnusual rainfall in February 2005 affected the Colombian department of Santander causing serious floods and landslides that resulted in death and destruction, in addition to blocked roads that delayed the...Read More >>
 
Portable Labs Help Improve Water Quality in GuatemalaPortable Labs Help Improve Water Quality in GuatemalaWithin the framework of Guatemala’s national Water and Sanitation Emergency Plan, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance delivered portable laboratory equipment to nine of the departments affected by...Read More >>
Is this hospital safe?Is this hospital safe?Planning for a safe hospital begins with the site selection, taking into account vulnerability in terms of accessibility, the terrain and hazards.  Planning for a safe hospital begins with the...Read More >>
 
Following Back-to-Back Hurricanes in GrenadaFollowing Back-to-Back Hurricanes in GrenadaIn 2004, Hurricane Ivan badly damaged the Richmond Home for the Elderly—the only one of its kind remaining in Grenada. In addition to geriatric patients, the Richmond Home houses handicapped...Read More >>
Andean Countries Strengthen Strategies for Health Disaster ManagementAndean Countries Strengthen Strategies for Health Disaster ManagementCountries in the Andean Region—Colombia, Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela—are using pilot strategies to enhance disaster preparedness and mitigation and exchange knowledge and expertise, thus improving local level disaster response...Read More >>
 
Regional Preparedness Continues for Pandemic InfluenzaRegional Preparedness Continues for Pandemic InfluenzaSome 60 disaster experts from the health and agriculture sectors, Civil Protection agencies and Foreign Affairs Ministries in Central America and the Dominican Republic met to strengthen and accelerate country...Read More >>
Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First RespondersManagement of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First RespondersManagement of the dead is one of the most difficult aspects of disaster response and yet, care of the deceased is often overlooked in disaster planning. Compounding the situation is...Read More >>
 
Communicable Disease Control in Emergencies – A Field ManualCommunicable Disease Control in Emergencies – A Field ManualCommunicable diseases are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in emergencies. Populations affected by conflict or natural disaster are at a higher risk of these diseases due to displacement,...Read More >>
Peru Publishes Guide to Safe HospitalsPeru Publishes Guide to Safe HospitalsRecently, the topic of safe hospitals has become commonplace at national and international meetings, as health authorities and other experts stress the importance of safeguarding these key facilities from the...Read More >>
 
Whats new at CRIDWhat's new at CRIDThe Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID)’s mission is to promote the development of a culture of prevention in Latin American and Caribbean countries through the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related...Read More >>
  

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