The Technical Commission of Risk Management in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CTGERS) was created in August 2012 with the objective of achieving an adequate and permanent monitoring of the process of preparedness, response and mutual cooperation among countries of the region. The Commission was established as an advisory body of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (COMISCA) and to provide assistance to the The Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America (CEPREDENAC), a member agency of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
One of the first actions at the regional level of the CTGERS has been the development of the “Central American Plan for Comprehensive Risk Management of Public Health Disasters and Emergencies, 2013 -2018.” This plan brings together the strategic elements for regional work in the field of integrated risk management in the health sector, the areas to work on, and the operating plan to be implemented in 2013.
The plan was presented at the XXXVII Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic held in Managua, Nicaragua in December 2012. Its implementation will guide the work plan of the health sector in the area of disasters and health.
The Pan American Health Organization, through its Program for Emergencies and Disasters, and CDC CAR (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Central American Region) have been providing technical and financial support throughout the process, thus promoting the development of regional strategies to further strengthen the management capacity for risk reduction and disaster preparedness.
For more information visit www.paho.org/disasters/centralamerica.