Issue 113 May 2010

What can we really learn from the earthquake in Haiti?What can we really learn from the earthquake in Haiti?In a matter of months, two major seismic disasters affected the Region: in Haiti, at least 200,000 victims died in a magnitude 7 earthquake (January 12), while in Chile a...Read More >>
InterviewInterviewGerard Gómez, Head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs for the Latin American and Caribbean region (OCHA), responds to questions about the earthquake in Haiti, the...Read More >>
LSS/SUMA assists in managing supplies in HaitiLSS/SUMA assists in managing supplies in HaitiFollowing the earthquake on January 12 in Haiti, PAHO/WHO mobilized a Logistics Support System team (LSS/SUMA) to support the work of receiving, sorting, and distributing humanitarian supplies. The magnitude and...Read More >>
Costa Rica hosts disaster trainingCosta Rica hosts disaster trainingEmergency and disaster experts from Central America and Ecuador took part in a simulation as part of a regional workshop between 19 and 23 April in San José, Costa Rica....Read More >>
Hospital disaster planning course updatedHospital disaster planning course updatedIn 2009, PAHO/WHO worked to revise its course materials for Hospital Planning for Disaster Response with the participation and collaboration of professionals from Central and South America. The process allowed...Read More >>
ISDR launches the 2010–2011 world campaign for disaster reductionISDR launches the 2010–2011 world campaign for disaster reductionThe United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has launched a Web site for the 2010–2011 global campaign for disaster reduction. The campaign theme is: “Making Cities Resilient: My...Read More >>
U.S. National Library of Medicine’s focus on disaster informationThe National Library of Medicine of the U.S. National Institutes of Health recognizes the importance of improving information management and access to information resources about health and disasters as a...Read More >>
UNASUR sets strategies for health emergencies and disastersThe South American Council of Health, comprising the Ministers of Health of member countries of the Union of South American Nations, held its second regular meeting between 29 and April...Read More >>
Hospital safety index adapted for small health facilitiesHospital safety index adapted for small health facilitiesBased on the experience gained with the hospital safety index (HSI) in hospitals, a new assessment tool has been developed by PAHO for less complex health facilities, including primary care...Read More >>
A self-assessment tool to reduce disaster risk in the health sectorDuring discussions at the 2008 Caribbean Health Disaster Coordinators meeting, and in the framework of PAHO’s Disaster Strategic Plan, participants rallied around the idea of developing a health sector Self-Assessment...Read More >>
The health cluster: successes and obstacles in HaitiThe health cluster: successes and obstacles in HaitiUnited Nations humanitarian reform introduced the “cluster” or sectoral approach, which is a group of humanitarian agencies and organizations that work together to achieve more coordinated, more efficient, and more...Read More >>
PROMESS crucial in providing medications in HaitiPROMESS crucial in providing medications in HaitiThe Program of Essential Medicines and Supplies (PROMESS), administered by PAHO/WHO, has been the central distributor of medicines and medical supplies throughout Haiti since 1992. The earthquake in January did...Read More >>
Earthquake in Chile shows benefits of disaster preparednessEarthquake in Chile shows benefits of disaster preparednessAn earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale struck Chile on 28 February, leaving 521 dead and 56 missing. The quake impacted 6 of the country’s 13 regions, where 80%...Read More >>
PAHO’s 2010-2015 plan for safe hospitalsPAHO’s 2010-2015 plan for safe hospitalsThe PAHO Directing Council, made up by the Health Ministers of PAHO Member States, has adopted several resolutions on safe hospitals in recent years, urging countries to adopt national policies...Read More >>
Venezuela on the way to safe hospitalsVenezuelan authorities are developing a strategy to strengthen safety of the country’s hospitals. Action is being taken with broad participation from professionals who are committed to optimal response from health...Read More >>
Environmental health: from global to localEnvironmental health: from global to localThe first edition of Environmental Health, from Global to Local, published by PAHO/WHO, is now available in both English and Spanish. This book aims to build, systematize, and...Read More >>
Virtual Journey through a safe hospitalVirtual Journey through a safe hospitalThe multimedia training program, Virtual journey through a safe hospital is now available on DVD in its English version. The program combines video, animation, three-dimensional images, and sound,...Read More >>
Healthy hospitals, healthy planet: facing climate changeHealthy hospitals, healthy planet: facing climate changeClimate change is no longer a future threat but a reality, one that is changing the natural and human environment, eroding the balance of the ecosystems of our planet and...Read More >>
Guidelines for reconstrucction after a disasterGuidelines for reconstrucction after a disasterThe World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery have launched the manual Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters. It...Read More >>
World Disaster Report from the IFRCWorld Disaster Report from the IFRCEarly warning systems save lives and reduce economic losses at all levels, but they still are not integrated into disaster management and risk reduction globally. This topic is the focus...Read More >>
What'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...Read More >>
The CDC presents a guide to the use of social networking to improve health messagesThe CDC presents a guide to the use of social networking to improve health messagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of the Associate Director for Communications, Division of News and Electronic Media has made the Health Communicator’s Social Media Toolkit available...Read More >>

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