Issue 96 July 2004

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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.

Manual on Risk Management System for Chemical Emergencies

CETESB, Brazil’s Institute for Science and Technology for Environmental Health and a WHO Collaborating Center, has prepared organizational development guidelines, including the structure necessary to design strategies to prevent, prepare...

El Salvador Recovers — Health Sector Actions after Hurricane Mitch

El Salvador was one of the Central American countries affected by Hurricane Mitch and over the last four years, has undertaken a significant number and variety of activities to reduce...

Return to Happiness: Psychoaffective Recovery of Children Affected by Disasters and Armed Conflict

This manual, produced by UNICEF Colombia, provides a methodology for the psychosocial recovery of boys and girls who are or have been the victim of displacement due to violence.

Serious Flooding Impacts Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Beginning in late May, heavy rains and flooding affected an estimated 25,000 people in southeastern Haiti who were already living in dire conditions following the recent political crisis. The same...

Mobile Emergency Care Service in Brazil

The president of Brazil has signed a decree creating a Mobile Emergency Care Service, known as SAMU/192. SAMU/192 is a Ministry of Health service that forms part of the Brazilian...

Flooding in Nicaragua

During the last week of June, a tropical wave produced heavy rains in Nicaragua, causing floods and extensive damage, particularly in the Autonomous Departments of the North and South along...

Peru Approves Health Disaster Plan

The President of Peru has enacted into law a national Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response Plan for the Health Sector, which establishes policies, strategic objectives and activities that the Ministry...

University Commission for Disasters Sets Two-year Work Plan

The Central American University Commission for Disaster Education is made up of representatives from universities in all Central American countries. This group has been working for many years to strengthen...

What’s New at CRID?

If you haven’t visited the Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) lately, some new features are waiting for you.

“Water and Disasters” October 2 to Mark Inter-American Water Day

Each October since 1992, Latin America and the Caribbean have celebrated the Inter-American Water Day. This year, on October 2, the Region will borrow from the 2004 World Water Day,...

Partnerships to Strengthen Disaster Reduction Activities in the Americas

PAHO/WHO has forged partnerships with three organizations—CARE, UNICEF, and the University of Geneva—for collaborative activities related to disaster reduction in the health sector. 

Special Supplement New Publications and Instructional Material on Emergencies and Disasters

For more than two decades, PAHO has coupled the production and publication of its print and audiovisual material on disasters with an ongoing campaign to ensure that this material is...

World Conference on Disaster Reduction - Kobe, Japan

Vulnerability reduction depends on many factors and sectors. Although completely reducing a country’s overall vulnerability is not feasible by 2015, efforts and funds should be directed to improving critical social...