With the financial support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, PAHO will be working with the Ministries of Health of El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to improve the response capacity of the health sector. The project has three main components: the formation of national response teams in each country with trained personnel who have the capacity to deal with different health issues which occur in response to disasters and emergencies; the establishment or improvement of health sector emergency operations centres and strengthening of technical capacity for the management of information, communications, logistics and decision-making for disaster response. At the close of the project it is hoped that the national teams in Central America, Haiti and the Dominican Republic will have a holistic and multi-disciplinary perspective with specialists trained in areas such as damage assessment, epidemiology, mental health, health services, water and sanitation, administration, logistics and communication.

Furthermore, they should be able to provide technical recommendations for the most critical aspects of emergency situations, shelter management, control of illnesses, epidemiological surveillance, food, nutrition, management of dead bodies, safe water, environmental sanitation and communication. For more information, write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.