Issue 122 October 2016

PAHO’s New Emergencies Program Will Be Consolidated This Year

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Upcoming Events Issue 122 - October 2016

Meetings to take place in the next months.

Virtual Reality Improves Training for Disaster Preparedness

A mple scientific evidence suggests that videogames may enhance learning. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is conducting research on some ways to exploit this learning to aid in the...

Journal On Prevention

T he Costa Rican electronic journal On Prevention (En Torno a la Prevención) shares knowledge through technical-scientific articles on disaster prevention, at the national and international levels.

Emergency Medical Teams (EMT)

T he technical note containing the principles and global standards that EMTs must comply with during disasters can be found at: http://goo.gl/j8yaT9.

RELACIGER Highlighted the Importance of Technical Knowledge and Information During Disasters

T he Latin American Network of Information Centers on Disaster Risk Management (RELACIGER) convened a regional workshop in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 9-12 August 2016. The aim was to...

International Contribution for the Strengthening of the Regulation Center for Urgencies and Emergencies, in Bogota

D elegates from several countries, and Colombian cities and departments, met from 11-13 July at the International Meeting of Emergency Medical Services. The purpose was to be able to have...

Colombia, Ministry of Health Will Strengthen Capacities for Risk Management

T he Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the PAHO/WHO Office in Colombia recently signed a technical cooperation agreement. The objectives include implementing and strengthening disaster risk management in...

Interview

I mmediately after the earthquake, the MSP was activated as part of the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC) at the national and local (provincial, municipal) levels. This enabled an immediate inter-sector...

Crisis Communication and Information Management, Key Elements for Decision-Making

Source: National Directorate for Communications, MSP C ommunications is a strategic element, in emergency and disaster situations, that allows the population to make the best decisions in order to protect...

Immunizations

Sources: National Directorate of Environment and Health, National Directorate of Epidemiological Surveillance, and National Directorate of Strategies I mmediately after the event, the contingency plans for each district were...

Mental Health

Source: “Creation and Implementation of Community Mental Health Services and Public Recovery Centers” Project P rotocols were created and national and international intervention methodologies, first conceived for volcanic contingencies, were...

Control of Vectors and Other Pathological Agents, Tightened In the Disaster Area

T he Ministry of Public Health (MSP), through its epidemiological surveillance, health and environment, and health promotion components: 1) reinforced the ongoing work on vector control in the disaster area,...

LSS/SUMA, a Vital Resource for the Supply Chain

Source: CL-PAHO Report, Manta Collection Center L SS/SUMA, the Humanitarian Supply Management System, which began in 1992, demonstrated again its usefulness in the supply chain of humanitarian aid during...

Safe Hospitals, its Adoption Allowed the Timely Recovery of the Health System Operations

E cuador adopted the Safe Hospitals in Emergencies and Disasters Policy in 2007. Its implementation had a significant influence on the recovery and operability of recently built hospital centers close...

CICOM – EMT, A Validated Formula for the Coordination and Deployment of Medical Teams

E cuador, through the National Directorate for Pre-hospital Care and Mobile Units (DNAPHUM) and the Ministry of Health’s (MSP) Directorate of International Cooperation, with support from PAHO/ WHO, was...

Earthquake, Ecuador Strengthens its Technical and Operational Capacities

O ne million people were affected, directly or indirectly. Of those, 231,000 were registered as victims (23,112 are children under 5 years old, 18,489 older adults, 10,000 people with disabilities,...

PAHO’s New Emergencies Program Will Be Consolidated This Year

E ach year, disasters cost between US$ 250-300 billion, with disproportionate effects on low-income countries. These losses are the equivalent of 22% percent of the countries’ social spending, with a...

Zika, the Challenges We Face

F ollowing the confirmation of the first cases of autochthonous transmission of the Zikavirus in the American continent, concretely in May 2015 in the state of Bahia, Brazil, it has...