Issue 114 October 2010
Editorial: Field Hospitals and Medical Teams in the Aftermath of EarthquakesIs the “immediate” dispatch of foreign field hospitals and medical teams after a disaster the right solution or is it a media driven response? The debate started in the region...Read More >> Training for Health Professionals for Assessing the Economic Impact of DisastersPAHO/WHO, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), hosted in September, in Lima, Peru, a training session for professionals with experience in disasters...Read More >> Supporting Health Services for Displaced Populations in ColombiaFor several years PAHO/WHO has had a special program in Colombia to give support to and reduce the public health emergencies created by the displacement of more than 3 million...Read More >> The InterviewJeremy Collymore, Executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), responds to questions about the agency’s new strategic approach, the Caribbean response to the Haiti’s earthquake, the role...Read More >> The HELP course offers useful tools for disaster situationsThe International Committee of the Red Cross created the HELP (Health Emergencies in Large Populations) course in 1986 to enhance professionalism in humanitarian assistance programs in emergency situations.
The...Read More >> International Day for Disaster Reduction, 2010: “Making Cities Resilient"
Belts of chronic poverty, growing populations, inadequate housing, unplanned development, and insufficient infrastructure plague many cities and urban centers and help to intensify the impact of natural threats. These vulnerable...Read More >> New Radio Show on Disaster Reduction"Vida que te quiero tanto” (Life, I love you so much) is a series comprised of four radio soap operas produced by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster...Read More >> Specialized Portal on Public Health and Risk ManagementThe specialized portal on public health and risk management of the Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) is now online. The portal has a total...Read More >> Haiti, a long road to recovery after the earthquakeTen months after the earthquake in Haiti, the situation regarding housing, health services, provision of food, and disease control remains fragile because the population continues living in highly vulnerable and...Read More >> Use of the LSS/SUMA System in Pakistan Extends beyond EmergenciesThe significant advantages offered by the Logistics Support System (LSS/SUMA) in managing humanitarian supplies during an emergency are widely known. However, there is another reality: the distribution of humanitarian aid...Read More >> Cholera Outbreak in HaitiPAHO/WHO is collaborating with health sector partners to fight the recent cholera oubreak in Haiti. The work strategy centers around prevention at the community level, strengthening first level treatment centers...Read More >> Ministries of Health Support a New Plan of Action on Safe HospitalsMinistries of health throughout the Americas called for new efforts to make hospitals disaster-safe, so that they can continue to provide health services when they are urgently needed.
Ministries...Read More >> ECHO Continues Supporting the Safe Hospitals Initiative in Central AmericaThe European Commission’s Office of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has once more given its backing to the Safe Hospitals Initiative and has approved the Seventh DIPECHO Action Plan...Read More >> Avoiding the urbanization of disastersThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has just published the World Disasters Report 2010: Focus on Urban Risk. This article is a summary of chapter 1,...Read More >> New Response Guides from PAHO/WHO
Mental health and psychosocial support guidelines
Emergency and disaster simulations and drills
Evaluation of damages and analysis of health needs in disasters
Mental health and psychosocial...Read More >> Interagency radiation emergency planThe third edition of the Joint Radiation Emergency Management Plan of the International Organizations is currently available. It describes the interinstitutional framework for preparing the response to a real or...Read More >> Humanitarian Action Report 2010The Humanitarian Action Report is the annual appeal from UNICEF on behalf of children and women affected by emergency situations throughout the world. This report offers a general overview of...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 >>
Issue 114 October 2010