Issue 106 February 2007

Best Practices for Conducting Needs AssessmentsBest Practices for Conducting Needs AssessmentsAssessments are an important first step to determining immediate humanitarian needs. How governments manage these assessments and coordinate with other agencies that are conducting their own evaluations have an impact...Read More >>
 
Disaster Health Library Packs Information into New VersionDisaster Health Library Packs Information into New VersionThe Health Library for Disasters (HELID) is an interagency initiative, under the coordination of WHO and PAHO, to make disaster information accessible quickly and free of charge worldwide. Available on...Read More >>
PAHO/WHO Collectively Aims to Reduce Disaster Risk PAHO/WHO Collectively Aims to Reduce Disaster RiskReducing the health impact of disasters is too big a job for any one technical program alone. The collaboration and technical expertise of the entire Organization is key and an...Read More >>
 
A Gender Focus in Emergency Interventions: when field tools can become barriersA Gender Focus in Emergency Interventions: when field tools can become barriersOver the last two decades, disaster mortality statistics have highlighted the need for a gender-based approach that addresses vulnerabilities and strengths of the affected population. Responding to this need, international...Read More >>
What the Tsunami Taught Us about Needs AssessmentWhat the Tsunami Taught Us about Needs AssessmentMany remember the vivid images of the devastation resulting from the 2004 South Asia tsunami. The tsunami was a natural disaster of immense proportions - affecting 14 countries, internally displacing...Read More >>
 
What the Tsunami Taught Us about Needs AssessmentWhat the Tsunami Taught Us about Needs AssessmentMany remember the vivid images of the devastation resulting from the 2004 South Asia tsunami. The tsunami was a natural disaster of immense proportions - affecting 14 countries, internally displacing...Read More >>
When A Volcano Cries Wolf, The challenge of maintaining a state of alertWhen A Volcano Cries Wolf, The challenge of maintaining a state of alertThe Galeras volcano in Nariño is considered one of the most active in Colombia. Since June of 2004, Galeras has registered four small eruptions (the last being 12 June 2006)....Read More >>
 
BVI College Offers Safer Building CoursesBVI College Offers Safer Building CoursesThe H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the British Virgin Islands is offering courses on Safer Building and Construction, which lead to certification. The courses are designed to reduce vulnerability...Read More >>
FLACSO offers Platform for Distance Learning on DisastersFLACSO offers Platform for Distance Learning on DisastersThe Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO, the Federation of the Red Cross and PAHO/WHO developed a stand-alone distance learning module entitled Policies on Health and Disasters. This module...Read More >>
 
Legislation and Norms Showcase National Commitment to Disaster ReductionLegislation and Norms Showcase National Commitment to Disaster ReductionNational legislation and norms on all aspects of disasters are important indicators of a country’s commitment to vulnerability and risk reduction. Although a great deal of work has been done,...Read More >>
Caribbean Studies the Management of Mass FatalitiesCaribbean Studies the Management of Mass FatalitiesAt a workshop on management of mass fatalities after natural disasters, 44 participants from the English-speaking Caribbean islands were familiarized with the current knowledge about mass fatality management and contingency...Read More >>
 
A Handbook for Gender Equality in Humanitarian ActionA Handbook for Gender Equality in Humanitarian ActionThe Inter-Agency Standing Committee, created by the United Nations for a more effective response to disasters, is working on this handbook that brings practical guidance on identifying and addressing the...Read More >>
Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and GovernanceTsunami and Disaster Management: Law and GovernanceThe School of Law of the City University of Hong Kong organized the International Conference on Disaster Management: Challenges for Governance Reforms in Asia in March, 2005, a few months...Read More >>
 
New Book Chronicles: Disasters in El SalvadorNew Book Chronicles: Disasters in El SalvadorIn October of 2005 Hurricane Stan and the Ilamatepec volcano caused devastation in large areas of El Salvador. Both events demonstrated the geographic, climatologic and social vulnerability of the country,...Read More >>
Whats new at CRIDWhat'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 of disaster-related...Read More >>
  

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