Books

Analyzing life experiences, consolidating the main lessons learned and those still not learned, and improving some aspects of the response to emergencies and disasters: These are the main objectives of the publication Earthquake in Nicoya, Costa Rica - 5 September 2012 - Systematization report of the conclusions of the workshops on lessons learned.

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altThis book, prepared by the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic and PAHO/WHO, is a compilation of the experiences of a group of multidisciplinary experts in disaster prevention, mitigation, and response, who have worked for three years as evaluators and professional trainers in the field of hospital safety. Currently, this publication is available in Spanish only.

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altThe World Health Organization publication Emergency Response Framework, whose function is to clarify WHO's roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies, is available in pdf Spanish . The English version of the publication can be downloaded from WHO's website.

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altThis guide was created to address the vulnerability of hospitals to fires. It is intended that all possible steps should be taken to minimize the hazard of fires in hospitals and the need for evacuation. The document is applicable to existing hospitals that can be retrofitted to improve safety against fires as well as proposed new-build facilities.

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Experiences and Lessons Learned for the Future

altThe heavy rains at the beginning of 2012 in Peru forced the Government to declare a state of National Emergency in 18 regions of the country. One of the most affected areas was the Loreto region, in the country's northeast. This publication, produced by PAHO/WHO, describes the process of implementing the humanitarian response activities, as well as the actions that contributed to the strengthening of local, sectorial, and regional communities, with special emphasis on lessons learned.

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altThis new publication is intended to be used by national policy makers, clinicians and pharmacists as reference for the preparation of national disaster plans and emergency management, and to form part of the national essential medicines list. It aims to assist countries in providing urgent medical care in the acute phase of disasters and emergencies, including emergency surgical interventions, and in continuing health care for people under treatment, including those with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular diseases and mental health disorders.

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altThe Caribbean has the fastest ageing population in the developing world. Yet studies in the Caribbean reveal that most shelters do not cater to the needs and conditions of older persons, lacking for example privacy, appropriate bedding and access for the disabled. This publication takes a look at older people in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the Caribbean, and provides an overview of considerations to ensure that this group of people has the required response to their needs in disasters. After undergoing a peer review process, the final version of this publication is now online.

New!  pdf Fact Sheet on Older People in Disasters

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It is often said that safe buildings may not be affordable, especially in relatively-poor, developing countries. This is a fallacy, particularly with respect to hurricane resistance. Safe building, and safe health care facilities in particular, are not only technically feasible but also achievable at a very modest cost. PAHO/WHO has been in the forefront of promoting safer health care facilities in the Caribbean since the 1980s.

This document is addressed to those who commission, manage and monitor capital works projects in the health sector. It is also addressed to those who design such projects. It is important that the owners or custodians and the designers of healthcare facilities have a common understanding of the objectives and performance expectation of such facilities in the face of natural hazards.

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altThis new publication takes an in-depth look at mental health and psychosocial issues in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the English-speaking Caribbean, and provides an overview of support mechanisms for dealing with the challenges that inevitably arise.

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