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Respuesta salud publica armas biologicas y quimicasIn recent decades, countries of the Americas have strengthened their capacity to deal with emergencies and disasters, whether natural or man-made. The health sector in many countries has developed national networks whose specific responsibility is risk management and emergency and disaster response. However, it is necessary to expand and consolidate these advances.

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Proteccion saludmentalThe effects of disasters on health are manifested physically, mentally and socially. Traditionally, more detailed attention has been given only to physical and social aspects. Health programs in emergencies have been directed primarily at immediate medical attention, the problem of communicable diseases, water and environmental sanitation, as well as damage to health infrastructure.

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PreparativosRespuestaPopulations in Latin America and the Caribbean are increasingly suffering from the effects of emergencies and disasters caused by natural hazards or human intervention; The consequences are evidenced in how affect the health and loss of lives, as well as in the damage that can produced to the social, economic and environmental systems. Its effects can endure for a long time and hamper peoples development.

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Manual mitigacion desastres naturales agua potableIn the formidable struggle to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean, certain areas and sectors are especially relevant given the essential nature of the services they provide. Drinking water systems are one such priority. This publication focuses on natural disaster mitigation in rural water supply systems, which have different characteristics and organization schemes from those in urban areas.

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Residuos solidos desastresSolid waste management in disaster situations is a guideline that answers the above and other concerns based on the experience of Latin America and the Caribbean. It was prepared by several professionals from different countries of the Region who have specialized both in the management of disasters and solid waste.

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Evaluacion de necesidades en el sector saludIn spite of the frequency and severity of floods in Latin America and the Caribbean, relief efforts are often accompanied by confusion and inefficiency. Accustomed to dealing with disasters as acute  phenomena marked by sudden increases in the loss of life and property, the international community often responds by providing expensive medical equipment, teams of specialists, emergency medical supplies and field hospitals.      

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Cover Emergencies and Disasters in drinking waterIn Latin America and the Caribbean, the combination of natural hazards - earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and others - and highly vulnerable conditions all too often cause severe damage to water and sanitation systems.

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agua saneamiento

Services such as water supply and sewerage are vulnerable to disasters; Installations may be damaged, pipes may be broken and operations may be interrupted by power outages. After disasters, water becomes the most important asset for the affected population and the scarcity or pollution of this resource can have very serious consequences on public health.

 

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altFloods triggered by a trough, on 24 December 2013, produced a 'National Level 2' disaster in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The floods left US$ 108.4 million in losses, including US$ 2,052,917 to the health sector. Several health facilities in the island sustained serious damage, among them, the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, the largest in the country. Supplies and records were destroyed and costly equipment was damaged.

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