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PAHO/ WHO and Mexican Border Authorities are inviting to an analysis workshop to implement the Hospital Plan Model for Disaster Response

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, August 30, 2010 (PAHO/WHO) - Due to the recent events which have occurred in the region of the Americas, especially the earthquake in Haiti that caused the collapse of the entire hospital system in Port-au-Prince, as well as a strong earthquake in Mexicali,  Mexico  that caused  its hospitals to have their patients  receive medical attention outside in  tents set up by State and municipal governments, and lastly the collapse of the hospitals in Concepción after an earthquake in Chile. These are all the latest examples that evoke images of collapsed and evacuated hospitals due to damages to its infrastructure that seriously endanger its functionality, while taking away the attention from their patents and preventing timely medical attention to those being affected. During a disaster situation, hospitals play an important role in responding quickly as well as the places where the public looks for immediate health needs.

To reduce risk and ensure the proper and timely response during disasters, it is essential that health care sector have plans set in place involving the sector institutions to locate the best use of resources and complementarily of services, organization, and coordination processes. That is why the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the General Hospital of Ciudad Juárez has organized a two-day meeting to discuss  hospital plan preparedness and response models, by applying the methodology, contents and supplied working equipment. The event will take place:

Friday 8 and Saturday October 9, 2010
8:00 am to 5:00 pm        
2401 Av. Paseo Triunfo de la República
Col. Margaritas, Ciudad Juárez, México CP 32200

"PAHO/WHO  is urging governments, health service providers, civil society, donors and the general public to make it possible to improve the responsiveness of emergency health services", said the Dr. Maria Teresa Cerqueira, Chief of the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office. "The objective is to ensure that such services are effective and continue to operate during and after emergencies such as earthquakes, tornadoes and conflicts.”

Proper planning will allow the establishment to continue functioning during a disaster situation which is the objective that we hope to find with the idea of a ”secure hospital” that is designed as a health service that remains accessible and running to its maximum capacity after a destructive phenomenon of great intensity of natural or man-made origin.  Of equal importance is the fact that at the current time, Mexico is in the process of certification of all its hospital units, one of which aspect is precisely concerning safety.

This effort will not only benefit the inpatient or potential product of the disaster, if not more especially ensuring the safety of health professionals working at the hospital providing the tools and techniques needed to respond appropriately during and after the adverse event.

About Hospital Planning Course for Disaster Response

PURPOSE: Provide personnel responsible for hospital management, the methodology and content "enabling them to develop a plan for hospital preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters.

METHODS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES: The participants will plan develop a model a model of hospital plan for disaster response, by applying the methodology, working contents and equipment supplied.

−    OPS Safe Hospitals

For more information please contact: Gustavo M. Iturralde, M.D., M.P.H. Tel: (915) 845-5950, Ext. 30. e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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