Issue 104 August 2006

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The Price of Ignoring Mental Health

Requirements for food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance are well documented aspects of the first response to a disaster. In addition to these basic services, relief organizations should anticipate and...

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...

Malaria Control in Complex Emergencies

The areas of the world whose populations are most affected by complex emergencies are often those with the greatest malaria burden. Consequently, malaria is a significant cause of death and...

Field Version of Manual on Management of Dead Bodies Now Available in Spanish

In the April 2006 issue of the newsletter we announced the publication of Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: A Field Manual for First Responders. The Spanish version has now...

Mental Health Guidelines in Disaster Situations

Depending on the magnitude of a disaster and other factors, one-third to one-half of the affected population can manifest some type of psychosocial problem. Post-disaster mental health problems will require...

Bogota Prepares its Citizens for Earthquakes

The elevated seismic risk that Bogota, Colombia lives with daily prompted the capital city’s disaster prevention and response office to produce a colorful, well-written booklet on what to do before,...

Radio Soap Opera Replayed in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago kicked off hurricane season by rebroadcasting “The Rough Season,” a radio soap opera that aims to raise awareness of disaster risk among vulnerable communities in the English-speaking...

Andean Countries Set Strategies for Technological Disasters

Five Andean Region countries sent representatives with wide ranging expertise—health, environment, management, response and civil defense—to Quito, Ecuador to develop the strategy for a regional emergency prevention and response plan...

Flood Recovery Underway in Suriname

Severe flooding in early May 2006 affected up to 20,000 people in Suriname and left large areas of the country submerged. At its peak, flooding affected as much as 30,000...

Mass Casualty Planning in Full Gear in the Caribbean

Nine Caribbean countries are hosting the Cricket World Cup next March (see January 2006 issue of this Newsletter). In preparation for this event, which will draw huge crowds, and at...

Hurricane Season is Here!

Hurricane season began in June and already Tropical Storms Alberto, Beryl and Chris have brought heavy rains and flooding to the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean and the southern U.S....

ISDR Campaign Focuses on Schools

The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) and its partners have launched the 2006-07 global campaign “Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School.” The campaign will promote the inclusion of...

WHO Moves from Lessons to Action Following the Tsunami

Most of the countries affected by the December 2004 tsunami are located in the geographical area managed by WHO’s South-East Asia Regional Office (SEARO), which hosted a meeting in Bali,...

PAHO’s Disaster Staff on the Move

Several PAHO/WHO disaster experts have rotated duty stations among the Organization’s subregional disaster offices in the Americas. 

English-Language LEADERS Course Slated for November

The English-language LEADERS Course is back by popular demand. The Pan American Health Organization, in close partnership with the Regional Center for Disaster Risk Reduction of the University of the...

The Cluster Approach: Factors for Succcess

This editorial continues the discussion on the UN Cluster Leadership Approach that began in the April issue of this Newsletter. With the trend toward the “internationalization” of disaster response becoming...