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Cover book migration on health

This document was developed to serve as a resource for Member States to address the public health and health system challenges related to migration, including the promotion and protection of the health of migrants throughout their migration process.  It aims to support the integration of the health needs of migrants into national health policies, strategies, and programs, to not only protect the health of this population, but also that of the host population.

 The proposed interventions in the document are underpinned by people-centered actions, a multi-hazard approach, and shared responsibility among national and subnational institutions and authorities, and the public and private sectors. It incorporates approaches based on health equity, gender and ethnic equali­ty, and the right to health.

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altThis new edition of the manual retains the spirit and purpose of the original publication and recognizes the valuable contribution of first responders in managing the dead in disasters. The manual provides simple, practical and useful guidance for this difficult yet essential task.

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HealthSectorRecovery Cover EngThis Guidance Note for Post-Disaster Health Sector Recovery is intended to provide action-oriented guidance to local and central government health sector officials who face post-disaster challenges related to health sector recovery. It lays out the policy, planning, financial, and implementation decisions and activities that go into developing and putting into effect a Health Sector Recovery Plan. Additionally, common pitfalls are outlined as well as ways to overcome them.

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Emergency and disaster situations can lead to an increase in psychosocial problems and mental disorders. The horror experienced, the losses suffered, the uncertainty, and other numerous stressors related to a traumatic event put people at higher risk of suffering from and being affected by mental health issues. Psychosocial support consists not only in health service provision, but also involves broad support (including family and community support). These diverse kinds of support require coordination, in which health services must play a central role.

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Disasters affect populations and ecosystems differently, depending on many factors such as socio-economic status, development practices, condition of the ecosystems, level of organization of the community and its human resources, and climate variability and extremes. Deteriorating environmental conditions in many parts of the world, whether due to climate change, unsafe development, or reduced investment in ecosystem protection is intensifying disaster risk, posing a growing threat to lives and development efforts. Disaster risk reduction involves the process of identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of these and other causal factors of disasters. 

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GuiaPreparativosVolcanesMost active volcanoes in the world are located in Latin America and the Caribbean, and millions of people live in town and cities near them. Throughout history, some of these volcanoes have shown their capacity for destruction. The Health Preparedness Guide for Volcanic Eruptions provides support material for the preparation of health sector contingency plans for these emergencies. The Guide was created through a long process of information collection, systematization and validation; more than 100 experts, particularly from Colombia and Ecuador, were consulted.

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The Post Disaster Functional Checklist was designed to be a simple tool that can be used by the Hospital Administrator or CEO, to determine if the facility is safe to continue operations and its level the functionality following an event. The Checklist is separated into three sections: Structural, Non-structural and Functional aspects of the hospital. It provides guidance when assessing the impact on the structure, lifelines, hospital equipment, medical supplies and staff.

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Water health surveillance is a very effective public health intervention to prevent water-borne diseases. This publication presents actions that can be taken to ensure safe water for the population, through practical and simple tools that generate timely information for decision-making, and thus apply the necessary corrective measures to protect the health of the population, which is the responsibility of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, the drinking water and sanitation sector governing body.

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The purpose of this guide is to share information, knowledge and tools to strengthen coordination mechanisms in the water, sanitation and health sector, both at national and local level. It is structured in three modules: the first focuses on knowledge of the Humanitarian Reform and the establishment of sectoral groups to respond to public health emergencies and disaster situations. The second presents information regarding the operational activities in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors and its links with other sectors. Finally, the third discloses the tools necessary to work on preparedness and response for an efficient coordination in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector.

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