In the past year, the Dominican Republic has made progress in strengthening the safe hospitals strategy. With PAHO/WHO support, the country has undertaken training and has used the Hospital Safety Index to make assessments in 10 major hospitals.

Progress is being made in making the safe hospitals strategy part of the country’s risk management policies. Work is underway to develop a building code for hospitals, to form a national commission on safe hospitals, and to sign agreements with universities that will provide academic certification for those trained to conduct hospital safety assessments.

Assessments made on a hospital in the border province of Pedernales determined that retrofitting would not significantly improve the facility’s safety in the event of a disaster. As a result the Government decided to replace the existing facility with a new hospital, with financial support (2.4 million euros) from the Andalusia Agency for International Cooperation. Additional resources have been assigned to improve nonstructural elements, particularly electrical systems, in other hospitals in this border province. For more information about this topic, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..