Issue 124 June 2017

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2017): Mexico offers us more opportunities.

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Perú: Rapid response to the coastal “El Niño” in Perú

Since mid-February 2017, persistent rainfall and floods associated with the coastal “El Niño” have been affecting many Peruvian departments including Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Ancash. Overflowing rivers have...

Upcoming Events Issue 124 - June 2017

Meetings to take place in the next months.

Costa Rica: First country in the Americas to receive Global EMT classification

On 26 May 2017, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) was granted the global EMT classification within the framework of an initiative to compile a global roster of medical...

Ecuador: is developing its Rapid Response Teams for Health Disasters

The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador (MPH), with the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), organized a national course in Quito on Emergency and Rapid Response Teams...

Guatemala: Health sector has strengthened its ability to serve populations affected by drought

Consequently, child mortality associated with acute malnutrition declined by 43% in the Huehuetenango and El Quiché departments compared with rates reported for the same period in 2015. Likewise, the number...

Colombia: Avalanche in Mocoa, a challenge for the health response

On 31 March 2017, heavy rainfall in the municipality of Mocoa (Colombia) led to the overflowing of the Mulatto, Sangoyaco and Mocoa rivers. This in turn led to a mudslide...

Evidence Aid and its contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction

Evidence Aid (www.evidenceaid.org) is an independent organization that supports disaster risk reduction and humanitarian activities by adopting an evidence-based approach to actions and decision-making to improve outcomes for those who...

Member States and NGOs in the Americas on the road to EMT classification

On 4-5 May 2017, an Emergency Medical Team (EMT) workshop was held for NGOs in the Americas to provide them with the tools and knowledge needed as they prepare to...

3D simulation for management of patients with highly contagious diseases

The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) has developed a new application to help train health workers who may come into contact with patients with highly contagious diseases, such...

Regional Plan for the Americas helps shape the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Health

This new plan builds on our work with PAHO member countries to reduce risks in the health sector and to strengthen their capacity to ensure full operation of the health...

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2017): Mexico offers us more opportunities

 The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2017), hosted in Cancun (Mexico) last May, served as an opportunity to review and evaluate both the achievements and challenges since 2015 in...