Issue 93 October 2003
Unseating the Myths Surrounding the Management of CadaversIn the aftermath of a major natural disaster, authorities must prioritize many urgent tasks, including: (1) rescuing the survivors and providing the care they need, (2) restoring or maintaining basic...Read More >> Distance Learning Builds Capacity in the AmericasIn November, professors from Latin American and Caribbean universities that have disaster distance education programs will join experts in Internet-based training and international organizations that deal extensively in traditional training...Read More >> Special Supplement Water and Disasters: In search of answers to new challengesRapidly changing conditions, such as environmental pollution which has led to deterioration of primary water sources, and other factors such as uncontrolled urban growth, are forcing the water and sanitation...Read More >> PAHO Publishes 2003 Catalog of Disaster Publications and Training MaterialThe updated 2003 edition (in Spanish) of the catalog of publications and training material on disasters and emergencies is now available in print and online versions.
The updated 2003 edition...Read More >> Around the WebWe have found these websites that may be of use for people interested in disasters.
www.desastre.org: web site of the Dominican Association of Disaster Mitigation, which works to raise awareness...Read More >> PAHO and IOM Seek Advisor on MigrationThe Pan American Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration have an opening for a regional health advisor on migrating populations, with duty station in Bogota, Colombia.
The Pan...Read More >> Guidelines Target Older People in EmergenciesHelpAge International has published guidelines that suggest practical ways to meet the needs of the older population in emergency situations.
HelpAge International has published guidelines that suggest practical ways to...Read More >> People In Aid Revises Code on Staff SupportPeople In Aid, the network of 50+ international relief, development and advocacy agencies, has launched a revised “Code of good practice in the management and support of aid personnel”.
People...Read More >> HPG Publishes Report on Humanitarian Needs AssessmentThe Humanitarian Policy Group has synthesized information from a report on needs assessments and decision making in the international humanitarian system into a briefing paper that explores how responses by...Read More >> Disaster Prevention: Keys to Success in Central AmericaSeveral municipalities in Central America are adopting innovative risk management and prevention measures to reduce their vulnerability to disasters.
Several municipalities in Central America are adopting innovative risk management and...Read More >> Central American Nations Approve Joint Disaster Reduction Plan for the Health SectorIn the wake of Hurricane Mitch, the most devastating disaster to strike Central America in decades, SICA, the Central American System for Integration and CEPREDENAC, its disaster arm, helped guide...Read More >> Ministries of Health, Red Cross and PAHO Set Joint Action Plan in South AmericaRepresentatives from Ministries of Health of Andean Region countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) and from the Southern Cone (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay) met to define a strategic...Read More >> CARICOM Endorses Disaster Training for Caribbean Environmental Health professionalsThe Caribbean is exposed to the risk of natural and manmade hazards, especially hurricanes and storms associated with the annual hurricane season. The environmental health sector is often affected.
The...Read More >> Radio Dramas on Disasters Still PopularThe radio drama Hurricane Season (Tiempos de Huracanes)—launched in October 2002 and broadcast by more than 50 radio stations in Central America—weaves the tale of how a community’s level of...Read More >> Experts Study Making Hospitals Safe from DisastersIn July, more than 100 professionals met in El Salvador at the international meeting “Hospitals in Disasters: Handle with Care.”
In July, more than 100 professionals met in El Salvador...Read More >> WHO-PAHO Guidelines for the Use of Foreign Field HospitalsDisasters, whether natural or complex, can outstrip the capacity of the local health system to provide the required care, either because of a massive number of casualties or as a...Read More >> IDB Publication on Vulnerability and Risk ReductionThe Inter-American Development Bank’s publication “Planning and Financial Protection to Survive Disasters” distinguishes between risk management—which calls for prior planning and investments to reduce vulnerability—and emergency response, which involves after-the-fact...Read More >> New from the CaribbeanCD-ROM... Building codes from selected countries have been compiled on a new CD.
Building codes from selected countries have been compiled on a new CD, which also contains a report...Read More >> Manual on Environmental Health Contingency Planning and Rapid Needs Assessment For Floods in the CaribbeanFloods are the most frequently occurring natural hazard globally and in the Caribbean. Because flood events can adversely affect environmental health, contingency plans are critically important.
Floods are the most...Read More >> Selected 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 >>
Issue 93 October 2003