Issue 117 April 2012

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What's New at CRID

The Safe Hospitals Initiative has become a cornerstone of the work of CRID, as has been reflected in the activities that it has undertaken with its strategic partners.

The Initiative in Other Sectors: Safe Schools

When a disaster occurs, children in schools and patients in hospitals are two of the most vulnerable groups. They run greater risks of losing their lives when these installations are...

Earthquake Plan for Mexico: An Example to Follow

The probability of strong earthquakes in Mexico—particularly along the Guerrero Fault on the Pacific coast—is very high. Because of the accumulated energy in that region, one or more earthquakes of...

The Safe Hospitals Initiative in the World

“Prevention is better than treatment” is more than a wise proverb. It is also at the center of the efforts of every health system that values the protection of the...

Accelerated Recovery for Hospitals: The Experience of Chile

One of the major challenges after disasters is the rapid recovery of the lost health services. Chile faced this problem after the earthquake and tsunami of 27 February 2010. The...

Hospitals are Patients Too

Even a brief review of the adverse events of recent years should be enough to remind us that natural phenomena in our region have on many occasions left health care...

Smart Health Care Facilities

The negative impact of climate change on health includes worse sanitation conditions from limited water supplies and conditions that favor the spread of water and vector borne diseases like malaria,...

Safe Hospitals: A Shared Responsibility, a Goal We Can Reach

Emergencies and disasters damage people, their property, and their environment in multiple ways. Whatever the impact, the priorities will be always to protect lives and the well-being of the affected...