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This book presents lessons to be learned from Haiti with the aim of improving the health sector's response in major, sudden-onset disasters in the future. It also identifies opportunities provided by the disaster for making significant changes in health services in Haiti. One of the key lessons of the Haiti tragedy is that coordination can only be effective where national authorities are equipped to assume leadership and establish relief and recovery priorities.

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The Aiquile-Cochabamba Earthquake (Bolivia) in May 1998, one of the most important in the country's recent history, represented a tremendous challenge for the authorities responsible for the response and rehabilitation of the affected areas. Aiquile has also been an opportunity for change, opening the doors for the reformulation of the management of natural disasters in Bolivia, with new attitudes and new projects in the institutions and people that make up the National Civil Defense System.

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How could we call on a community, a school, or a rural health center to be partners and participants in the promotion of Hospitals Safe from Disasters? This flip chart gives us that opportunity. It has an entertaining format and design, and it teaches by using simple and direct language. Each illustrated sheet presents only the most important ideas; pictures are accompanied by short, simple text written in a font that is easy to read.

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altThis publication, with a step-by-step framework for planning an integrated oral disaster response, is an excellent tool for humanitarian actors. They are also a valuable resource for individual dentists, dental and public health associations, public and private organizations, and anyone interested in oral health. The Guidelines also include additional materials to assess and restore oral health services following a disaster.-

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altThe earthquake of 27 February 2010 in Chile is considered the fifth largest in modern history. It affected a large area of the country and dealt a serious blow to the health sector. Several hospitals suffered heavy damage and were left out of commission. This publication recounts the effects of the disaster and the country's response and recovery activities. It provides important lessons learned that will help in prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response activities for future disasters.

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The earthquake of 15 August 2007 in Pisco, Peru is one of the most catastrophic natural events suffered in that country in recent decades. This publication points out, not only the effects caused by the disaster and the response of institutions in the emergency, but also takes into account, two years after the event, of the achievements in the reconstruction process and the challenges that remain unresolved in the health sector in the country. 

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altThe Health Sector Self Assessment Tool for Disaster Risk Reduction is a rapid and low-cost method for assessing the state of disaster risk reduction in the health sector. As an internal tool for use by the health sector, it will aid in determining priorities for a national health sector risk reduction or disaster management program and, if used regularly, as a monitoring tool for measuring changes (or lack thereof) over time. The Tool was developed with the knowledge of professionals from health and disaster management fields.

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Disasters have negative effects on health, which vary according to type of event, place of impact and its socioeconomic characteristics, level of exposure of the population and its preparedness to different threats, quality of the infrastructure and installed response capacity, among other factors. Only by knowing the damage and effects accurately can you determine where help is needed. Damage assessment and needs analysis allows to identify the impact of the disaster, risk factors for health and needs in technical areas such as water and sanitation, epidemiological surveillance, health services, shelters, among others (Only in Spanish) 

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