Issue 110 October 2008
Dr. Mirta Roses PeriagoThis new section is launched with an interview with the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, who sets forth the Organization’s vision and contribution in...Read More >> Climate Change and Disaster Programs in the Health SectorFor decades, there has been endless discussion on climate change. For almost as long, the topic has also been surrounded by controversy caused by insufficient scientific evidence, conflicts of interest...Read More >> Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in Central America, the Dominican Republic and Haiti With the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, PAHO is launching a new project with the Ministries of Health of El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras,...Read More >> PAHO/WHO Renews Commitment to Disaster Reduction Read PAHO/WHO’s strategic plan for 2008-12, which sets forth priorities in disaster preparedness, mitigation and risk reduction.
PAHO/WHO presented its strategic plan for disasters 2008-2012 which sets the priorities to...Read More >> Social Communication: An Essential Tool for Disaster Response TeamsDisasters are dynamic, and so is the need for information during all stages of emergencies. The numbers of dead, wounded, affected, shelter, food, water, security, health risks, recovery…so many questions...Read More >> BiVa-PaD Network, Information Centers for Prevention and Response to Disasters in Andean Countries Four information centers are now functioning with virtual libraries in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru, located in the national risk management organizations. Each center has information services available on its...Read More >> Guide for the Implementation of the Hyogo Framework for ActionOCHA, in collaboration with the ISDR, has launched a guide for implementating the Hyogo Framework for Action, Priority 5. The document should aid governments, local authorities and others to develop...Read More >> International Agencies and NGOs Unite to Promote Good DonationsPAHO/WHO together with UNICEF, OCHA, Intermon Oxfam, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the World Food Program, have finished an initial draft of recommendations for...Read More >> Wind Hazard Maps: Valuable for the Design and Construction of Safer FacilitiesThere is a underlying need for information on the hazard of winds, based on meteorological records and methodologies recognized by the scientific community. To meet this need, PAHO/WHO together with...Read More >> September Storms Punish the CaribbeanCuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and the Turks and Caicos suffered the worst, as of now, during the 2008 hurricane season. Storms Fay, Gustav, Hanna, Ike and...Read More >> The Hospital Safety Index, a new and long-awaited tool to assess whether hospitals are safe from disastersThe Hospital Safety Index represents important progress toward improvement of the safety of health facilities and their ability to function in emergencies or disasters. Thanks to the contribution of the...Read More >> PAHO/WHO experts share experiences with Chinese authorities during the Sichuan earthquakeFollowing the earthquake of 12 May 2008 in Sichuan Province, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China, through its Ministry of Health, asked the World...Read More >> Report on Disaster Management in El SalvadorThe Humanitarian Policy Group has published the report: “El Salvador, a case study of a state affected by humanitarian action.” This document examines how the country took on responsibility for...Read More >> E-Atlas will help to forecast the magnitude of disasters in the Eastern Mediterranean RegionThe regional office of the World Health Organization for the Eastern Mediterranean presented the “E-Atlas of disaster risks for the Eastern Mediterranean region: Volume 1. Exposure to natural hazards.” The...Read More >> ISDR launches a book on risk managementThe International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has published “Management of Disaster Risk Today. Global Contexts, Local Tools”. The publication, available on CD, Internet and in print, covers a number...Read More >> Manual for the Organization of an EOCThe International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has published a guide for organizing emergency operations centers, based on the Management and Control of Emergency Operations (MACEO) system....Read More >> What's new at CRID The 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 110 October 2008