Issue 99 April 2005

Why Are We Still Building Unsafe Hospitals?Why Are We Still Building Unsafe Hospitals?Why is it that hospitals are still being built without the necessary safeguards to ensure that they can function after a disaster, even though the necessary knowledge exists and is...Read More >>
 
Natural Disaster in Colombia Impacts Population Already Displaced by ViolenceNatural Disaster in Colombia Impacts Population Already Displaced by ViolenceThe department of Santander, Colombia has a population slightly in excess of 2 million and is home to 66,500 IDPs, those who have been internally displaced due to the ongoing...Read More >>
WHO Conference on the Health Aspects of the TsunamiWHO Conference on the Health Aspects of the TsunamiIn early May, some 400 delegates from all corners of the world met in Phuket, Thailand, an area hard hit by the earthquake and tsunami of last December, at the...Read More >>
 
International Workshop on Management of Dead BodiesInternational Workshop on Management of Dead BodiesMany natural disasters such as Hurricane Mitch in Central America, flash floods in Venezuela and Haiti, and earthquakes in Iran and Turkey have challenged the capacity of both the affected...Read More >>
SUMA Team Deployed to Indonesia at the Request of WHOSUMA Team Deployed to Indonesia at the Request of WHOIn the weeks following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indonesia last December, international aid poured into the country. At the request of WHO, a SUMA team was dispatched...Read More >>
 
ProVention Sponsors Grants for Disaster Risk ReductionThe ProVention Consortium has awarded modest grants to individuals and/or teams in developing countries to encourage them to become more involved in disaster risk reduction. Recipients of the first round...Read More >>
The Center for International Disaster Information Readies for Next Hurricane SeasonThe Center for International Disaster Information Readies for Next Hurricane SeasonLast year, after several major hurricanes devastated the Caribbean, the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) aggressively tackled the problem of inappropriate donations. CIDI provides guidance and information in support...Read More >>
 
Mexico Marks 20th Anniversary of Devastating QuakeMexico Marks 20th Anniversary of Devastating QuakeTwenty years have passed since a devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on the morning of September 19, 1985 (a second quake, magnitude 7.5, struck the following day). The...Read More >>
Central American Disaster Coordinators MeetDisaster Coordinators from the Ministries of Health and disaster focal points from the PAHO country offices in Central America, together with representatives from regional national emergency commissions, met in Panama...Read More >>
 
Caribbean Disaster Coordinators MeetCaribbean Disaster Coordinators MeetThe 11th Caribbean Health Disaster Coordinators meeting was held in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on 10 and 11 May. Over 40 representatives from the English, Dutch, French and Spanish speaking...Read More >>
Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities—Wind EffectsDisaster Mitigation in Health Facilities—Wind EffectsEach type of natural disaster poses a unique risk to health and health facilities. In the case of hurricanes, the effects of high winds can affect both the structural and...Read More >>
 
Health Preparedness Guidelines for Volcanic EruptionsHealth Preparedness Guidelines for Volcanic EruptionsMost of the active volcanoes worldwide are concentrated in Latin America and the Caribbean and millions of people live in cities and towns close to them. Throughout history, these volcanoes...Read More >>
World Bank Publishes Book on Global Risk Analysis World Bank Publishes Book on Global Risk AnalysisThe World Bank and the Earth Institute at Columbia University has published: Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis (ISBN: 0-8213-5930-4; $20; March 2005). It assesses the global risk of...Read More >>
 
Selected BibliographySelected BibliographyThe articles listed in this section come from the collection of the Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID). Request copies from CRID, citing the numerical reference code included with the...Read More >>
EDAN in the Health Sector Expanded to Include Assessment FormsEDAN in the Health Sector Expanded to Include Assessment FormsSeveral months ago, PAHO/WHO published a new manual on Health Damage and Needs Assessment for Disaster Situations to assist health workers to conduct field evaluations in the aftermath of natural...Read More >>
  

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