Issue 120 November 2013

Disaster Coordination: the Key to an Effective Response

This issue

Ethical Guidance for Journalists Covering Emergencies and Disasters

The purpose of this manual, which is intended for communicators, is to ensure better media coverage of emergencies and disasters, and to encourage journalists to produce copy that focuses on...

What's New at CRID

CRID, together with PAHO/WHO, has created the Basic Virtual Library of Disaster Risk Management for Ministries of Health. The purpose of the Library is to provide Ministries of Health and...

Hospitals Don’t Burn! Hospital Fire Prevention and Evacuation Guide

This guide has been produced to address the vulnerability of hospitals to fires. The document is applicable to existing hospitals that can be retrofitted to improve safety against fires as...

Systematization of Practice in Safe Hospitals in the Dominican Republic

This book, prepared by the Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic and PAHO/WHO, is a compilation of the experiences of a group of multidisciplinary experts in disaster prevention, mitigation,...

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean

This material has been written mainly by health professionals in the Caribbean who, year after year, provide support to people affected by disasters in their own country or in neighboring...

People with Disabilities and Disasters

The International Day for Disaster Reduction, held on October 13, recognizes the need to include persons with disabilities in disaster risk-reduction efforts. This year’s theme –– “Disability and Disasters: a...

The Health Sector and Major Fires: Recommendations to Strengthen Fire Prevention and Response

Major fires in public places such as nightclubs, shopping centers, markets, hotels, and hospitals have had significant social repercussions in many countries, and emphasize how important it is to raise...

Safe Hospitals, an Indicator of Countries’ Progress Towards Risk Reduction

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in association with Ministries of Health in the Region, promotes the Safe Hospitals initiative as an effective mechanism to save lives when disaster strikes;...

The Interview with Dr. Carissa F. Etienne. Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO/WHO) Director

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne was elected Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on 19 September 2012 and began her five-year term on 1 February 2013. From March 2008...

Disaster Coordination: the Key to an Effective Response

Recent disasters have shown that we need to review many of the lessons we assumed we had learned in the field of humanitarian assistance, specifically in the health sector. Each...