Issue 108 October 2007

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What's New at CRID

The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID)’s mission is to promote the development of a culture of prevention in Latin American and Caribbean countries through the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related...

Pan American Sanitary Conference Requests Countries to Build Safe Hospitals

In January 2008, the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and the World Health Organization will launch the Global Campaign on Disaster Reduction whose theme is Hospitals Safe from Disasters....

OFDA Publishes Document on Risk Reduction

This document shows progress made in the formation and application of risk management from the environmental perspective, considering land use planning and public finance and investment as positive and effective...

After the Tsunami–From Help to Recovery

WHO’s Regional Office for South-East Asia has published From Relief to Recovery–The WHO Tsunami Operation, a compendium of efforts carried out by the Organization to respond to the health needs...

IStructE Prepares a Report on the Earthquake in Perú

A team comprised of three engineers, members of the Earthquake-Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT-IStructE), collected and analyized information from areas affected by the quake, and made observations to help in...

Nueva guía sobre salud mental

Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings fue desarrollado por un equipo formado por 27 agencias en un proceso altamente participativo. En el documento se listan los...

PAHO presents Health in the Americas 2007

PAHO/WHO has published the 2007 edition of Health in the Americas, a publication prepared every four years with the contribution of many experts from around the Region. This edition examines...

Hurricane Felix Lashes at Nicaragua

On 4 September 2007 the eye of Hurricane Felix crossed the north-east coast of Nicaragua bringing 260 km/h winds and torrential rains that devastated much of the North Atlantic Autonomous...

Hurricane Dean Hits the Caribbean

Between 17 and 21 August 2007, Hurricane Dean moved across Caribbean islands, causing major damage. It was a Category 2 storm when it crossed Saint Lucia, Category 4 when it...

Earthquake in Peru: The Myths Return

The earthquake that hit Peru on 15 August 2007 measured 7.9 on the Richter scale. Its epicenter was 60 km from Pisco and 160 km south of Lima. There was...

Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management in the Caribbean

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), together with their partners, will host the second Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM), in Barbados on 10-14 December 2007. The event...

U.N.’s Sasakawa Award

Tony Gibbs, an engineer of Grenadian and Barbadian nationality, and Yoshiaki Kawata, a Japanese professor, received the U.N. Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction on 10 October. The jury awarded the...

U.N.’s World Campaign for Risk Reduction in Schools Ends

On 10 October, the U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) marked the end of its year-long campaign to reduce disaster risk in schools. Activities around the world celebrated the...

LSS/SUMA in Bolivia, Peru and Nicaraguaemergencias

The Logistics Support System (LSS/SUMA) was called on to manage humanitarian assistance in several emergencies, beginning with floods in Bolivia in early 2007, the earthquake in Peru, and during Hurricanes...

CAPRADE PAHO/WHO Prepare New Guidelines on Humanitarian Assistance

The Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention and Response (CAPRADE) is planning the preparation of a new manual that will help with information, coordination, and administration of humanitarian assistance is case...

New Web Page for Disaster Preparedness in Central America

The 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...

Maps to Show Wind Hazardsribe

PAHO/WHO, together with Applied Research Associates, a North American institute, and participants from different Caribbean countries, has launched a project to make a map that shows wind hazards on Caribbean...

Safe Hospitals—Don't Let Them Become a Casualty of Disasters

For decades, the health sector has struggled with the recurring disruption of medical services caused by damage to hospitals in the aftermath of natural disasters. Just when these services are...