Issue 105 October 2006
Post-Disaster Needs Assessments: The Critical First StepThere are a variety of reasons to carry out post-disaster assessments: determining the immediate, short-term emergency needs of the survivors (the topic of this editorial); inventorying damage to housing, hospitals...Read More >> Survey Results on Preparedness in PAHO/WHO Member StatesOne year ago, the ministries of health of the Western Hemisphere asked PAHO/WHO to report on the status of disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities in the Americas. A survey...Read More >> New Tool Being Developed to Measure Hospital SafetyPAHO/WHO’s commitment to Safe Hospitals emphasizes the importance of: a) building new hospitals with a level of protection so they remain functional in disaster situations; and b) applying appropriate mitigation...Read More >> Measuring the Socioeconomic Impact of Health CrisesThe Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and PAHO/WHO have a great deal of collective experience in assessing the economic and health impact (respectively) of natural disasters....Read More >> When Every Minute Counts: Earmarked Funds Save Time in EmergenciesWithout immediate access to funding, response operations can be delayed in humanitarian emergencies. Unfortunately, the normal grant proposal process is not conducive to the urgency of these situations
Without immediate...Read More >> Disaster Myths Still a Popular TopicFor 30 years, the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado (U.S.) has served as a national and international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects...Read More >> Methanol Poisoning Emergency in NicaraguaForty-eight persons died and 15 were blinded by the toxic effects of methanol in an incident of mass poisoning in Nicaragua. Between 2-20 September, 801 people were treated for methanol...Read More >> Guatemala Reopens Health Facilities Devastated by Hurricane StanAlthough Hurricane Stan was never more than a category one storm, the heavy rainfall (as opposed to hurricane-strength winds) in the mountainous regions of Guatemala caused devastating landslides and along...Read More >> Andean Community to Develop Disaster Information NetworkMember States in the Andean Region of South America recognize the importance of information management in the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters and of timely access to accurate information...Read More >> Tobago Broadens Scope of its Disaster OfficeTrinidad and Tobago’s national emergency management agency has broadened its scope of work and has become the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management, ODPM.
Trinidad and Tobago’s national emergency management...Read More >> Member States Continue PreparingThere is broad agreement that a pandemic would not be solely a health issue, but rather a common challenge faced by many sectors and that high-level authorities must act to...Read More >> New Website Collects Andean ExperiencesDIPECHO-funded project to collect risk management tools, models and methodologies in the Andean Region that can be used in other communities. Information about the activities related to this project is...Read More >> We Can Act! A Disaster Risk Management Communication KitNational authorities in Guatemala, U.N. agencies and NGOs joined forces to produce this excellent communication tool for emergency preparedness and management before, during and following disasters.
National authorities in Guatemala,...Read More >> New Bibliography on TsunamiThe U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction has started a new bibliographic compilation series entitled ISDR-BIBLIO. Much like CRID’s Biblio-des series, each new edition will be dedicated to a specific...Read More >> Health Action in Crises Annual Report 2005In 2005, disasters affected more than 150 million people worldwide. WHO’s Health Action in Crisis Program has published its annual report of a year that started with the South East...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 of disaster-related...Read More >>
Issue 105 October 2006