Issue 112 October 2009

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Handicap International assists injured and disabled in Haiti

The January 12 earthquake in Haiti left in its wake more than 300,000 persons with injuries, many of whom are now temporarily or permanently disabled. Combined with the estimated 800,000...

What's new at CRID

Visit the CRID’s redesigned website to find out more about Safe Hospitals and to review a list of updated disaster terms.

Field Manual for the PAHO/WHO Regional Disaster Response Team

In response to requests from the Ministers of Health from Latin America and the Caribbean, PAHO/WHO established a Regional Disaster Response Team to assist countries that are dealing with emergencies...

New manual on communication and information management in disaster situations

PAHO/WHO has published a new manual to help information management and communication specialists who are involved in disaster preparedness and response activities in the health sector. The manual gives recommendations...

Climate change and health: Mexico and the U.S. Border

This is a collection of articles (available in English and Spanish) that analyze climate change in the region and its consequences for human behavior, especially relating to health.

Future of the Red Cross in Latin American and the Caribbean

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has released the document The future of the Red Cross in Latin America and the Caribbean: the challenges of risk...

Risk and poverty in a changing climate

The risk of both mortality and economic loss in disasters is concentrated in a very small portion of the Earth’s surface. Countries with large populations exposed to severe natural hazards...

The Caribbean assess the management of the health emergency

The countries of the Caribbean met in Barbados to assess the implementation of plans, the response, and lessons learned since the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus was detected. The three-day meeting...

PAHO/WHO’s response to the pandemic

PAHO/WHO’s response to the outbreak focused on providing technical assistance for crisis management and coordination and surveillance and investigation of cases. It gave advice on health systems and services, information...

The Region’s response to the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 and continuing challenges

Throughout history there have been many outbreaks of disease that have resulted in high numbers of deaths. These epidemics have had and will continue to have very different impacts on...

Flip chart on safe hospitals: an educational tool for community use

As part of the 2008–2009 Global Campaign for Disaster Reduction, which is dedicated to the theme of safe hospitals, many manuals and promotional and training materials have been prepared. However,...

CRID and UNICEF cooperate on education and risk management

The Foundation for the Coordination of Information Resources for Disaster Prevention (FundaCRID) signed an agreement with UNICEF to launch a website specializing in resources on education and risk management. This...

Mitch + 10 renews Central America’s

In July, participants gathered in Guatemala for the Mitch +10 Regional Forum to strengthen Central American policy guidelines on risk management. The Mitch + 10 Declaration states that risk management...

Addressing urban risk is new theme for disaster reduction campaign

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) has announced “Building resilient cities, addressing urban risk” as the theme for the 2010–2011 World Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction. The campaign builds...

CDEMA’s new name matches a new approach

As of September 2009, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has changed its name to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). The change represents an organizational transition and...

Challenges in developing comprehensive and multisectoral risk management for Central America

The Coordinating Center for the Prevention of Natural Disasters in Central America is a regional, intergovernmental organization and a specialized secretariat of the Central American Integration System. Mr. Iván Morales...

Psychosocial care for displaced populations in Colombia

PAHO/WHO, in cooperation with Colombia’s Technological University of Pereira, has launched the Manual for mayors: a psychosocial approach to treating displaced, confined, or at-risk populations. The manual aims to provide...

Disaster Response Team includes communication specialists

PAHO/WHO has completed the first stage of training and development of tools for information management and communication for disaster response. During this two-year process, a group of communication.

Influenza prevention for vulnerable populations

PAHO/WHO, in collaboration with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has launched a project to prevent transmission of the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus in prisons, orphanages,...

LSS/SUMA used to deploy supplies for pandemic

Providing health care for people afflicted with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus poses special challenges for logistics and administration of drugs and vaccines. In the coming months, the health sector must...

“Safe hospitals” on the global political agenda

The countries of the Region of the Americas have taken important steps in capacity building, implementing new instruments, and establishing political commitments to advance the strategy of hospitals safe from...

From pandemic H5N1 to (H1N1) 2009: Lessons for disaster managers

Early this year, the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus rapidly developed the capacity to infect humans and to transmit from person to person, leading WHO to use a more precise definition...