Issue 102 January 2006

Pandemic Influenza: Not just a health issuePandemic Influenza: Not just a health issuePrevention of and preparedness for a potential influenza pandemic requires collaboration among several sectors - health, agriculture, government, international organizations, universities and research centers. A cooperative approach is not only...Read More >>
 
Regional Disaster Response TeamRegional Disaster Response TeamA lack of procedures, communication and equipment can significantly reduce the effectiveness of a response to a disaster that exceeds any country’s capacity to manage it. As a result, PAHO/WHO...Read More >>
PAHO/WHO Task Force for Epidemic Alert and ResponsePAHO/WHO Task Force for Epidemic Alert and ResponsePlanning for an influenza pandemic is a complex process that requires coordinated efforts and an approach that best utilizes an entire organization’s expertise. PAHO/WHO has begun this process by creating...Read More >>
 
Disaster Office for Central AmericaDisaster Office for Central AmericaPAHO has moved its Disaster Program for Central America from Costa Rica to Panama. PAHO has moved its Disaster Program for Central America from Costa Rica to Panama, where several...Read More >>
New Leader for WHO Health Action in CrisesThe World Health Organization’s Department of Health Action in Crises (HAC) is now led by Dr. Ala Alwan. The World Health Organization’s Department of Health Action in Crises (HAC) is...Read More >>
 
Johns Hopkins University and WHO Call for Guidelines for Children during EmergenciesJohns Hopkins University and WHO Call for Guidelines for Children during EmergenciesResearchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the World Health Organization have concluded that guidelines for the care of children in emergency situations need to be...Read More >>
2005 World Disasters Report2005 World Disasters ReportThis year’s report considers the quality of communication that takes place between those involved in disasters and what impact information has on the people caught up in a crisis. People...Read More >>
 
MSF Manual on Mental HealthMSF Manual on Mental HealthMSF has published a new manual titled Psychosocial and Mental Health Interventions in Areas of Mass Violence, which can also be used for coordination efforts during natural disasters. Médecins Sans...Read More >>
Update on Health Emergency Activities in HaitiUpdate on Health Emergency Activities in HaitiMuch of the Haitian population remains extremely vulnerable to a variety of health emergencies due to natural disasters and social unrest.  In spite of these security issues, PAHO/WHO efforts continue...Read More >>
 
Caribbean Countries Review Mass Casualty PlansCaribbean Countries Review Mass Casualty PlansThe West Indies is gearing up to host the Cricket World Cup beginning next March 2007. Events will take place in eight venues in the Caribbean and are sure to...Read More >>
Paraguay Steps Up Disaster TrainingIn Paraguay, several national health institutions participated in two popular disaster courses—Evaluation of Damage and Needs (EDAN) and Hospital Disaster Planning (PHD).  In Paraguay, several national health institutions participated in...Read More >>
 
ECLAC Study to Include Damage to Health SectorThe Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is preparing an evaluation of the socioeconomic impact of Hurricane Stan, which lashed Guatemala with heavy rains in October 2005. The...Read More >>
Chemical Accidents Preparedness ContinuesChemical Accidents Preparedness ContinuesBrazil’s Environmental Sanitation Technology Company joined forces with national authorities in Ecuador to carry out a course on chemical accidents.  CETESB, Brazil’s Environmental Sanitation Technology Company and a regional leader...Read More >>
 
Peru Revisits Multisector Emergency PlanPeru’s Ministry of Health organized a meeting of the nation’s epidemiology, disaster and environmental health networks.  Peru’s Ministry of Health organized a meeting of the nation’s epidemiology, disaster and environmental...Read More >>
Disaster Communications Workshop Issues RecommendationDisaster Communications Workshop Issues RecommendationHealth workers and social communicators met with journalists in Bolivia during a workshop on how to establish a two-way dialogue, improve collaboration and become more effective in how we generate...Read More >>
 
New Disaster Publications Catalog from PAHO/WHONew Disaster Publications Catalog from PAHO/WHOWith the soon-to-be-released Disaster Publications Catalog, PAHO/WHO aims at widening its dissemination of disaster related information.  The catalog will be available in both English and Spanish and fully searchable on...Read More >>
Guidelines Help to Keep Hospitals Safe from FloodsGuidelines Help to Keep Hospitals Safe from FloodsHospitals are vulnerable to all types of natural hazards, and although we are more apt to recall the dramatic images of a health facility that has collapsed following an earthquake,...Read More >>
 
PAHO/WHO Disaster Videos Now Available in DVD FormatNow, most PAHO/WHO video programs of the last 20 years have been converted to digital format and are available on DVD. The PAHO/WHO video library includes historic footage and edited...Read More >>
Selected BibliographySelected BibliographyIn light of the current interest in pandemic influenza, we have dedicated this space to a selection of articles on the topic. We also recommend visiting the WHO website...Read More >>
  

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