Issue 115 April 2011

The Americas and the new global humanitarian contextThe Americas and the new global humanitarian contextThe ministries of health in Latin America and the Caribbean can be proud of their historic contribution to disaster management. A milestone was the resolution passed by the PAHO Directing...Read More >>
 
Preparing for health emergencies in Central America and the Dominican RepublicThe global A(H1N1) pandemic in 2009 provided important lessons in a variety of areas including disaster management and coordination, epidemiologic surveillance, health services, and risk communication. Technical advice about these...Read More >>
The Caribbean readies for potential cholera outbreakThe recent cholera outbreak in Haiti demands measures to control existing cases and to prevent further spread of the disease. The proximity of islands in the Caribbean and the frequency...Read More >>
 
Experts discuss the use of field hospitals and foreign medical teamsIn December 2010, 26 experts from the international humanitarian community met in Cuba to discuss the use of field hospitals and foreign medical teams during emergency situations. The meeting was...Read More >>
The InterviewThe InterviewDr. Dana Van Alphen, the regional advisor for the PAHO/WHO emergency response team, arrived in Haiti two days after the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010. As the coordinator for...Read More >>
 
REMPAN promotes preparedness and assists in radiological emergenciesREMPAN promotes preparedness and assists in radiological emergenciesAs part of its response to the nuclear power plant crisis in Japan in March, World Health Organization (WHO) alerted its global network of health experts specialized in nuclear-related disasters....Read More >>
Meeting for the Regional Platform on Disaster Risk ReductionMeeting for the Regional Platform on Disaster Risk ReductionThe Second Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas took place in Nayarit, Mexico, from 15 to 17 March 2011. The event was organized by...Read More >>
 
CRED provides valuable information on the impact of disastersCRED provides valuable information on the impact of disastersDuring 2010, there were 373 natural disasters worldwide that claimed over 296,800 lives and affected some 208 million people. It is estimated that costs related to these events approached $110...Read More >>
Guidelines for delivering humanitarian assistance in complex emergenciesProviding humanitarian assistance in conflict situations has always been a dangerous and difficult undertaking. In the last decade, casualties among humanitarian workers have tripled, averaging 100 deaths per year. In...Read More >>
 
La Niña ravages Colombia La Niña ravages ColombiaIn late 2010, an estimated 60% of Colombia’s territory was affected by the severe rains and flooding associated with the La Niña phenomenon. According to Colombia’s president and the country’s...Read More >>
Haiti: moving from emergency to a fragile recovery Haiti: moving from emergency to a fragile recovery The emergency phase for Haiti at the national level—both in terms of post-earthquake activities and cholera response—is now near completion. This conclusion has led many national and international NGOs to...Read More >>
 
Despite advances, much remains to be done to reduce risk in the health sectorDespite advances, much remains to be done to reduce risk in the health sectorThe health sector has progressed at a steady pace in disaster risk reduction (DRR) since 1985, when ministers of health in the Region of the Americas included vulnerability reduction in...Read More >>
Water, sanitation, and hygiene: the Dominican Republic’s plan to control outbreaksWater, sanitation, and hygiene: the Dominican Republic’s plan to control outbreaksThe Dominican Republic developed an action plan for environmental health that was decisive in the prevention and control of the cholera outbreak that occurred there in November 2010. This plan...Read More >>
 
Natural Hazards, Unnatural DisastersNatural Hazards, Unnatural DisastersEarthquakes, droughts, floods, and storms are natural hazards, but unnatural disasters resulting from human activity cause deaths and damage. Every disaster is unique, but each one exposes actions by governments...Read More >>
Criteria for Use in Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency Criteria for Use in Preparedness and Response for a Nuclear or Radiological EmergencyThis safety guide presents a set of criteria for developing the operational levels needed for decisions concerning protective and response actions in a nuclear or radiological emergency. The recommendations for...Read More >>
 
A Chronicle of the Earthquake in HaitiA Chronicle of the Earthquake in HaitiThis document gives an overview of the actions taken by PAHO/WHO in response to the Haitian earthquake. It covers those immediate actions that were staged through the Office of the...Read More >>
Disasters newsletter using new technologiesDisasters newsletter using new technologiesThe PAHO/WHO newsletter, Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas, has been available in print format since 1979 and in digital format since 1995. Now the newsletter’s portal, www.paho.org/disasters/newsletter,...Read More >>
 
Report on Climate Change Adaptation in Central America, Mexico, and CubaReport on Climate Change Adaptation in Central America, Mexico, and CubaThe results of a regional project, “Promoting Capacity for Stage II of Climate Change Adaptation in Central America, Mexico and Cuba,” were published after an intensive and lengthy review process....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 >>
  

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