Issue 93 October 2003

This issue

Special Supplement Water and Disasters: In search of answers to new challenges

Rapidly changing conditions, such as environmental pollution which has led to deterioration of primary water sources, and other factors such as uncontrolled urban growth, are forcing the water and sanitation...

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 Environmental Health Contingency Planning and Rapid Needs Assessment For Floods in the Caribbean

Floods are the most frequently occurring natural hazard globally and in the Caribbean. Because flood events can adversely affect environmental health, contingency plans are critically important. 

New from the Caribbean

CD-ROM... Building codes from selected countries have been compiled on a new CD. 

IDB Publication on Vulnerability and Risk Reduction

The Inter-American Development Bank’s publication “Planning and Financial Protection to Survive Disasters” distinguishes between risk management—which calls for prior planning and investments to reduce vulnerability—and emergency response, which involves after-the-fact...

WHO-PAHO Guidelines for the Use of Foreign Field Hospitals

Disasters, whether natural or complex, can outstrip the capacity of the local health system to provide the required care, either because of a massive number of casualties or as a...

Experts Study Making Hospitals Safe from Disasters

In July, more than 100 professionals met in El Salvador at the international meeting “Hospitals in Disasters: Handle with Care.”

Radio Dramas on Disasters Still Popular

The radio drama Hurricane Season (Tiempos de Huracanes)—launched in October 2002 and broadcast by more than 50 radio stations in Central America—weaves the tale of how a community’s level of...

CARICOM Endorses Disaster Training for Caribbean Environmental Health professionals

The Caribbean is exposed to the risk of natural and manmade hazards, especially hurricanes and storms associated with the annual hurricane season. The environmental health sector is often affected.

Ministries of Health, Red Cross and PAHO Set Joint Action Plan in South America

Representatives from Ministries of Health of Andean Region countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela) and from the Southern Cone (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay) met to define a strategic...

Central American Nations Approve Joint Disaster Reduction Plan for the Health Sector

In the wake of Hurricane Mitch, the most devastating disaster to strike Central America in decades, SICA, the Central American System for Integration and CEPREDENAC, its disaster arm, helped guide...

Disaster Prevention: Keys to Success in Central America

Several municipalities in Central America are adopting innovative risk management and prevention measures to reduce their vulnerability to disasters.

HPG Publishes Report on Humanitarian Needs Assessment

The Humanitarian Policy Group has synthesized information from a report on needs assessments and decision making in the international humanitarian system into a briefing paper that explores how responses by...

People In Aid Revises Code on Staff Support

People In Aid, the network of 50+ international relief, development and advocacy agencies, has launched a revised “Code of good practice in the management and support of aid personnel”. 

Guidelines Target Older People in Emergencies

HelpAge International has published guidelines that suggest practical ways to meet the needs of the older population in emergency situations.

PAHO and IOM Seek Advisor on Migration

The Pan American Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration have an opening for a regional health advisor on migrating populations, with duty station in Bogota, Colombia. 

Around the Web

We have found these websites that may be of use for people interested in disasters.

PAHO Publishes 2003 Catalog of Disaster Publications and Training Material

The updated 2003 edition (in Spanish) of the catalog of publications and training material on disasters and emergencies is now available in print and online versions.

Distance Learning Builds Capacity in the Americas

In November, professors from Latin American and Caribbean universities that have disaster distance education programs will join experts in Internet-based training and international organizations that deal extensively in traditional training...

Unseating the Myths Surrounding the Management of Cadavers

In the aftermath of a major natural disaster, authorities must prioritize many urgent tasks, including: (1) rescuing the survivors and providing the care they need, (2) restoring or maintaining basic...