Issue 114 October 2010

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Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

PAHO/WHO is collaborating with health sector partners to fight the recent cholera oubreak in Haiti. The work strategy centers around prevention at the community level, strengthening first level treatment centers...

Avoiding the urbanization of disasters

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has just published the World Disasters Report 2010: Focus on Urban Risk. This article is a summary of chapter 1,...

The Interview

Jeremy Collymore, Executive director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), responds to questions about the agency’s new strategic approach, the Caribbean response to the Haiti’s earthquake, the role...

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...

Interagency radiation emergency plan

The third edition of the Joint Radiation Emergency Management Plan of the International Organizations is currently available. It describes the interinstitutional framework for preparing the response to a real or...

Humanitarian Action Report 2010

The Humanitarian Action Report is the annual appeal from UNICEF on behalf of children and women affected by emergency situations throughout the world. This report offers a general overview of...

New Response Guides from PAHO/WHO

Mental health and psychosocial support guidelines Emergency and disaster simulations and drills Evaluation of damages and analysis of health needs in disasters

ECHO Continues Supporting the Safe Hospitals Initiative in Central America

The European Commission’s Office of Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) has once more given its backing to the Safe Hospitals Initiative and has approved the Seventh DIPECHO Action Plan...

Ministries of Health Support a New Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals

Ministries of health throughout the Americas called for new efforts to make hospitals disaster-safe, so that they can continue to provide health services when they are urgently needed.

Use of the LSS/SUMA System in Pakistan Extends beyond Emergencies

The significant advantages offered by the Logistics Support System (LSS/SUMA) in managing humanitarian supplies during an emergency are widely known. However, there is another reality: the distribution of humanitarian aid...

Haiti, a long road to recovery after the earthquake

Ten months after the earthquake in Haiti, the situation regarding housing, health services, provision of food, and disease control remains fragile because the population continues living in highly vulnerable and...

Specialized Portal on Public Health and Risk Management

The specialized portal on public health and risk management of the Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) is now online. The portal has a total...

New Radio Show on Disaster Reduction

"Vida que te quiero tanto” (Life, I love you so much) is a series comprised of four radio soap operas produced by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction...

The CDC presents a guide to the use of social networking to improve health messages

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of the Associate Director for Communications, Division of News and Electronic Media has made the Health Communicator’s Social Media Toolkit available...

International Day for Disaster Reduction, 2010: “Making Cities Resilient"

Belts of chronic poverty, growing populations, inadequate housing, unplanned development, and insufficient infrastructure plague many cities and urban centers and help to intensify the impact of natural threats. These vulnerable...

The HELP course offers useful tools for disaster situations

The International Committee of the Red Cross created the HELP (Health Emergencies in Large Populations) course in 1986 to enhance professionalism in humanitarian assistance programs in emergency situations. 

Training for Health Professionals for Assessing the Economic Impact of Disasters

PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), hosted in September, in Lima, Peru, a training session for professionals with experience in disasters on...

Supporting Health Services for Displaced Populations in Colombia

For several years PAHO/WHO has had a special program in Colombia to give support to and reduce the public health emergencies created by the displacement of more than 3 million...

Editorial: Field Hospitals and Medical Teams in the Aftermath of Earthquakes

Is the “immediate” dispatch of foreign field hospitals and medical teams after a disaster the right solution or is it a media driven response? The debate started in the region...