Issue 119 April 2013

Health, an Essential Element Now and Beyond 2015

This issue

What's New at CRID

CRID, within the framework of the DIPECHO South America’s Plan of Action, has launched a website—in Spanish—that puts together useful tools for disaster risk management (Sistematización de Herramientas de Gestión...

Floods in Loreto, Peru, 2012

The heavy rains at the beginning of 2012 in Peru forced the government to declare a state of national emergency in 18 regions of the country. One of the most...

Guide for the Construction of Hospitals Resistant to Natural Hazards

As a result of the earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, more than 50 health facilities were destroyed or damaged and 200,000 individuals required medical attention and emergency...

New Self-Instruction Course for the Use of the Hospital Safety Index

The Hospital Safety Index, developed by PAHO/WHO in 2008, is a tool that determines the probability that a hospital will continue to function during and after a disaster. It has...

Strengthening Comprehensive Disaster Management in the Caribbean

The Caribbean’s 7th Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) was held from 3-7 December 2012 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The annual region’s premier event on disaster risk management is organized...

Central American Plan for Risk Management of Health Emergencies is Presented

The Technical Commission of Risk Management in Central America and the Dominican Republic (CTGERS) was created in August 2012 with the objective of achieving an adequate and permanent monitoring of...

Updating the Andean Strategic Plan for Health Sector Disaster Risk Management

The XXXIII Meeting of Ministers of Health of the Andean Area (REMSAA), held on 21 November in Colombia, saw approval of the Andean Strategic Plan for Health Sector Disaster Risk...

The LSS/SUMA Initiative: 20 Years after its Launch

Ensuring logistical support for adequate supplies has proven to be a strategic aspect in handling emergencies, for without the necessary supplies, even with the best response systems and medical facilities...

Emergency Operations Center of the Pan American Health Organization

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is where the activities of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) are coordinated to support the countries of the Region of the Americas in times...

Small Health Care Facilities Matter

The vulnerability of health facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean to adverse events is well documented. Geographically, the region is at risk for natural hazards, but increasingly anthropogenic activity...

Health, an Essential Element Now and Beyond 2015

A disaster, above all, relates to people as it affects their state of physical, mental and social wellbeing. Destruction, even if it is sudden and massive, is not a disaster...