The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, FLACSO, the Federation of the Red Cross and PAHO/WHO developed a stand-alone distance learning module entitled Policies on Health and Disasters. This module forms part of FLACSO’s diploma course of studies on health policies. Created in conjunction with regional development experts, the course module covers a wide variety of issues: the epidemiology of disasters; the importance of measures that guarantee that health services remain functional in the aftermath of disasters; the management of health situation rooms as an effective response management tool; practical, proven tools and techniques for evaluating damage and needs in the environmental health sector and taking corrective measures. In 2006, the eight-week module was offered between October-December; 26 students completed the course. PAHO is developing additional complementary modules that in the future will comprise an integrated diploma course. For more information write to Carlos Roberto Garzon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..