Issue 104 August 2006
The Cluster Approach: Factors for SucccessThis editorial continues the discussion on the UN Cluster Leadership Approach that began in the April issue of this Newsletter. With the trend toward the “internationalization” of disaster response becoming...Read More >> The Price of Ignoring Mental HealthRequirements for food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance are well documented aspects of the first response to a disaster. In addition to these basic services, relief organizations should anticipate and...Read More >> English-Language LEADERS Course Slated for NovemberThe English-language LEADERS Course is back by popular demand. The Pan American Health Organization, in close partnership with the Regional Center for Disaster Risk Reduction of the University of the...Read More >> PAHO’s Disaster Staff on the MoveSeveral PAHO/WHO disaster experts have rotated duty stations among the Organization’s subregional disaster offices in the Americas.
...Read More >> WHO Moves from Lessons to Action Following the TsunamiMost of the countries affected by the December 2004 tsunami are located in the geographical area managed by WHO’s South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO), which hosted a meeting in Bali,...Read More >> ISDR Campaign Focuses on SchoolsThe UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and its partners have launched the 2006-07 global campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School.” The campaign will promote the inclusion of...Read More >> Hurricane Season is Here!Hurricane season began in June and already Tropical Storms Alberto, Beryl and Chris have brought heavy rains and flooding to the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean and the southern U.S....Read More >> Mass Casualty Planning in Full Gear in the CaribbeanNine Caribbean countries are hosting the Cricket World Cup next March (see January 2006 issue of this Newsletter). In preparation for this event, which will draw huge crowds,...Read More >> Flood Recovery Underway in SurinameSevere flooding in early May 2006 affected up to 20,000 people in Suriname and left large areas of the country submerged. At its peak, flooding affected as much as 30,000...Read More >> Andean Countries Set Strategies for Technological DisastersFive Andean Region countries sent representatives with wide ranging expertise—health, environment, management, response and civil defense—to Quito, Ecuador to develop the strategy for a regional emergency prevention and response plan...Read More >> Radio Soap Opera Replayed in TrinidadTrinidad and Tobago kicked off hurricane season by rebroadcasting “The Rough Season,” a radio soap opera that aims to raise awareness of disaster risk among vulnerable communities in the English-speaking...Read More >> Bogota Prepares its Citizens for EarthquakesThe elevated seismic risk that Bogota, Colombia lives with daily prompted the capital city’s disaster prevention and response office to produce a colorful, well-written booklet on what to do before,...Read More >> Mental Health Guidelines in Disaster SituationsDepending on the magnitude of a disaster and other factors, one-third to one-half of the affected population can manifest some type of psychosocial problem. Post-disaster mental health problems will require...Read More >> Field Version of Manual on Management of Dead Bodies Now Available in SpanishIn the April 2006 issue of the newsletter we announced the publication of Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders. The Spanish version...Read More >> Malaria Control in Complex EmergenciesThe areas of the world whose populations are most affected by complex emergencies are often those with the greatest malaria burden. Consequently, malaria is a significant cause of death and...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 104 August 2006