Issue 98 January 2005

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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.

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...

Virtual Information on Health Emergencies and Disasters for South America

Peru’s national disaster program in the Ministry of Health, with the support of PAHO and the Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID), has created its first Virtual Disaster Library, focusing on...

Floods in Guyana

By mid-January, 27 inches of rain had already fallen in Guyana (normal rainfall for this period is 7 inches). This caused considerable flooding along the coastal regions which are the...

Health Canada unveils new health threat alert system

The public health agency of Canada, Health Canada, has developed a new global system to detect public health and bioterrorism threats. The system was recently unveiled at the United Nations....

CRID publishes new “minikit”

The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) continues adding “minikits” to its series of information packets on disasters. The latest addition is volcanic eruptions. Included is an explanation of the different...

World Conference on Disaster Reduction

When the World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction opened in Kobe, Japan, almost 10 years to the day on which a devastating 1995 earthquake killed more than 6,000 in that...

Earthquake and Tsunami Devastate South Asia

Major earthquakes off the northern coast of Sumatra, Indonesia produced a devastating tsunami in late December that affected 12 countries in south Asia and as far away as Africa. Hardest...

What do readers think about PAHO’s publications?

At the end of 2004, PAHO conducted a study on the impact of its publications and training materials in four Spanish-speaking countries—Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Costa Rica—to gauge who our...

A Disaster Myth That Just Won’t Die - Mass burials and the dignity of disaster victims

It was South Asia’s worst natural disaster in memory—the earthquake and tidal wave that claimed more than 250,000 lives in a dozen countries last December. But as the death toll...