Issue 99 April 2005

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New Materials Improve the Hospital Disaster Planning Course

In 2003, PAHO published a training module to support the organization of hospital disaster planning workshops. Suggestions and comments on how to improve the content were gathered from the participants...

EDAN in the Health Sector Expanded to Include Assessment Forms

Several months ago, PAHO/WHO published a new manual on Health Damage and Needs Assessment for Disaster Situations to assist health workers to conduct field evaluations in the aftermath of natural...

Safe Hospitals—A Collective Responsibility, A Global Measure of Disaster Reduction

Protecting critical health facilities, particularly hospitals, from the avoidable consequences of disasters, is not only essential to meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, but also a...

Selected Bibliography

The articles listed in this section come from the collection of the Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID). Request copies from CRID, citing the numerical reference code included with the title.

World Bank Publishes Book on Global Risk Analysis

The World Bank and the Earth Institute at Columbia University has published: Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis (ISBN: 0-8213-5930-4; $20; March 2005). It assesses the global risk of...

Health Preparedness Guidelines for Volcanic Eruptions

Most of the active volcanoes worldwide are concentrated in Latin America and the Caribbean and millions of people live in cities and towns close to them. Throughout history, these volcanoes...

Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities—Wind Effects

Each type of natural disaster poses a unique risk to health and health facilities. In the case of hurricanes, the effects of high winds can affect both the structural and...

Central American Disaster Coordinators Meet

Disaster Coordinators from the Ministries of Health and disaster focal points from the PAHO country offices in Central America, together with representatives from regional national emergency commissions, met in Panama...

Caribbean Disaster Coordinators Meet

The 11th Caribbean Health Disaster Coordinators meeting was held in Tortola, British Virgin Islands on 10 and 11 May. Over 40 representatives from the English, Dutch, French and Spanish speaking...

Central American Disaster Coordinators Meet

Disaster Coordinators from the Ministries of Health and disaster focal points from the PAHO country offices in Central America, together with representatives from regional national emergency commissions, met in Panama...

Mexico Marks 20th Anniversary of Devastating Quake

Twenty years have passed since a devastating 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on the morning of September 19, 1985 (a second quake, magnitude 7.5, struck the following day). The...

The Center for International Disaster Information Readies for Next Hurricane Season

Last year, after several major hurricanes devastated the Caribbean, the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) aggressively tackled the problem of inappropriate donations. CIDI provides guidance and information in support...

ProVention Sponsors Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction

The ProVention Consortium has awarded modest grants to individuals and/or teams in developing countries to encourage them to become more involved in disaster risk reduction. Recipients of the first round...

SUMA Team Deployed to Indonesia at the Request of WHO

In the weeks following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indonesia last December, international aid poured into the country. At the request of WHO, a SUMA team was dispatched...

International Workshop on Management of Dead Bodies

Many natural disasters such as Hurricane Mitch in Central America, flash floods in Venezuela and Haiti, and earthquakes in Iran and Turkey have challenged the capacity of both the affected...

WHO Conference on the Health Aspects of the Tsunami

In early May, some 400 delegates from all corners of the world met in Phuket, Thailand, an area hard hit by the earthquake and tsunami of last December, at the...

Natural Disaster in Colombia Impacts Population Already Displaced by Violence

The department of Santander, Colombia has a population slightly in excess of 2 million and is home to 66,500 IDPs, those who have been internally displaced due to the ongoing...

Why Are We Still Building Unsafe Hospitals?

Why is it that hospitals are still being built without the necessary safeguards to ensure that they can function after a disaster, even though the necessary knowledge exists and is...