altThe Central American office for PAHO’s Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief launched a new web page (, with comprehensive information about major emergencies in the region and related topics about disaster hazards and health. The page features risk and health profiles for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama that show each country’s situation in relation to risk management and health, together with socioeconomic indicators. The health profiles for each country are linked to the 2007 Health in the Americas, a recently published report on the health situation, reforms, and agendas of the countries. With the use of “info tools” the user will be able to access a wide variety of publications and information resources on emergencies, disasters, and health. In addition, the site contains information related to special subjects such as safe hospitals or pandemic influenza. It also includes a search engine and a list of institutional contacts in each country, and has links to agencies working in emergencies and disasters.