Publications and Training Materials


The Role of Laboratories and Blood Banks
in Disaster Situations

Training material in CD-ROM - 2003 Edition

Laboratories and blood banks have essential tasks to be carried out in disaster situations, and they must be integrated into the contingency plans of the health sector. PAHO/WHO has prepared this technical training material as a resource to facilitate preparedness and strengthen of these facilities in disaster situations. The purpose is to sensitize and guide health authorities, laboratory directors, laboratory technicians and blood banks in identifiying responsibilities and functions of these services in disaster situations, taking into account priorities, needs and the local capacity for immediate response.

The CD has been produced in collaboration with the Program of Essential Drugs and Technology, Division of Health Systems and Services Development.

The CD contains:

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