Issue 109 March 2008

The New International Health Regulations: What They Mean for Disaster ManagersThe New International Health Regulations: What They Mean for Disaster ManagersResponse to outbreaks of communicable diseases is often undertaken with the collaboration of disaster preparedness and response programs in the ministries of health. Due to the threat of emerging diseases...Read More >>
 
Regional Initiatives Promote Safe HospitalsRegional Initiatives Promote Safe HospitalsAs part of its disaster preparedness action program, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) is supporting PAHO/WHO in two projects—one in South America and one in the Caribbean—that promote...Read More >>
WHO Celebrates 60 YearsWHO Celebrates 60 YearsThe World Health Organization (WHO) is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Starting in January, the WHO Executive Board will mark the anniversary with different activities, one of which includes the launch...Read More >>
 
Disaster Coordinators Define Work AgendaHealth disaster coordinators from the Ministries of Health of Central America met to prepare a shared work agenda that will be supported by PAHO/WHO in the next two years. They...Read More >>
Spanish Cooperation Agency Opens Logistics Center in PanamaIn January, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) inaugurated a humanitarian logistics center in Panama to accelerate and improve their response to disasters in Latin America and the...Read More >>
 
Australian University Trains Workers for Humanitarian AgenciesAustralia’s Charles Darwin University is offering a new degree in Humanitarian and Community Studies, tailored to students interested in working in communities where resources are limited due to geographic or...Read More >>
Virtual Course on Risk Reduction The U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, with support from other agencies, has created a course on disaster risk reduction and sustainable local development. It combines virtual and class sessions...Read More >>
 
CRID Receives Award from the Elsevier FoundationCRID Receives Award from the Elsevier FoundationThe Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) received a US$ 40,000 award from the Elsevier Foundation, a world renowned publisher in the area of medicine...Read More >>
Peru Rebuilds Health Services Affected by the 2007 EarthquakePeru Rebuilds Health Services Affected by the 2007 EarthquakePAHO/WHO, with grants from Sweden and Spain, has been supporting Peruvian health authorities in the recovery of health services damaged during the August 2007 earthquake. PAHO/WHO, with the support of...Read More >>
 
Yellow Fever Outbreaks in the AmericasYellow Fever Outbreaks in the AmericasYellow fever is a disease commonly found in the tropical regions of South America and Africa. However, urban yellow fever was eradicated from the Americas in 1942. Due to the...Read More >>
Jamaica’s Bellevue Hospital Undergoing RepairsJamaica’s Bellevue Hospital Undergoing RepairsJamaica’s Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital was seriously damaged by Hurricane Dean. Repair works were undertaken, with financial help from the European Union, and they are now almost complete. It is hoped...Read More >>
 
Twenty-five Years Research and Training of Volcanoes and EarthquakesTwenty-five Years Research and Training of Volcanoes and EarthquakesThe Geophysical Institute of the Polytechnic University of Ecuador is celebrating 25 years in the service of the country. The Institute is a national and international reference center for the...Read More >>
Floods: History Repeats Itself in BoliviaFloods: History Repeats Itself in BoliviaSince November 2007, heavy rains produced by the La Niña phenomenon have left nine Bolivian departments under water. Flooding in Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Pando, Potosí, Santa Cruz,...Read More >>
 
New Information Portal for Safe HospitalsNew Information Portal for Safe HospitalsAs a contribution to the United Nations/International Strategy for Disaster Reduction’s World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009, PAHO/WHO has launched a new website devoted to the theme “Hospitals Safe from Disasters.”...Read More >>
Discrimination during Disasters- World Disaster Report 2007Discrimination during Disasters- World Disaster Report 2007Discrimination in disaster situations is the focus of the 2007 edition of the World Disaster Report, published by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The publication...Read More >>
 
New Guidelines on the Hazards of Volcanic AshfallNew Guidelines on the Hazards of Volcanic AshfallThe International Volcanic Health Hazard Network has published technical guidelines on the hazards of volcanic ash and gases. These include health and general preparedness recommendations to protect the general public...Read More >>
NLM Website Addresses Emergency Needs of Special PopulationsNLM Website Addresses Emergency Needs of Special PopulationsThe U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a website for special populations that addresses preparedness for emergencies and disasters. It also includes lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina and...Read More >>
 
Whats new at CRIDWhat's new at CRIDVisit their redesigned website to find out more about Safe Hospitals, and to review a list of updated disaster terms. The Regional Disaster Information Center  (CRID)’s mission is to promote...Read More >>
  

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