Issue 121 June 2016

WHO Emergency Reform

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Upcoming Events Issue 121 - June 2016

Meetings to take place in the next months.

Publications and Information Resources

All DIMRC information resources are available via the website http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov

DIMRC: Improving Access to Disaster Health Information

T he United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest biomedical library, has a long history of providing health information, training, and tools in response to all types...

Brazil: Unified Health System Strengthens Emergency and Disaster Management

W ith a view to enhancing the planning process and strategies to strengthen the Unified Health System’s (SUS) emergency and disaster response, the Department of Environmental Health Surveillance and Occupational...

Bolivia Establishes Country Humanitarian Team

B olivia is the tenth country in the Americas to form a Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). The HCT is a mechanism to consolidate channels of communication; improve working relationships among...

Ecuador: Pilot Project on Incident Command Systems in Hospitals

T he Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador, with support from PAHO/WHO, has trained a cadre of instructors to initiate a pilot Incident Command System in three health facilities. The...

Peru Updates its National Policy on Safe Hospitals

P eru’s Ministry of Health, working with EsSalud, the Health Social Security Service; the Health Department of the Armed Forces and Police; and the private sector, updated the nation’s Safe...

Engaging Indigenous Peoples in Disaster Risk Reduction

I n September 2014, PAHO and the Pacific Northwest Border Health Alliance (a cross-border and cross-jurisdictional public health preparedness and response network in the Pacific Northwest of the...

Emergency Medical Teams (EMT): Standards and Minimum Requirements

F ollowing the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a large number of medical teams arrived on site and lives were saved. Despite this laudable humanitarian response, too many medical teams...

Caribbean Health Facilities Take the Next Step: Smart Hospitals

B uilding on PAHO’s Safe Hospitals Initiative, national stakeholders in the Caribbean are rallying around a new initiative to make hospitals ‘smart,’ shifting away from a traditional disaster response model...

The Earthquake in Ecuador: Significant damage to health facilities; emergency medical teams deployed

O n 16 April 2016, one of Ecuador’s worst disasters—a magnitude 7.8 earthquake—left 663 dead and nine missing. As of mid-May, 7,633 families, or 28,775 people, remained in shelters....

WHO Emergency Reform

O ver the years, epidemics and natural disasters have claimed a high number of lives and have had a major impact on society. For countries affected by these events and...