Issue 125 - December 2017

Coordination of humanitarian assistance in the health sector moves forward in the Americas

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Coordination of humanitarian assistance in the health sector moves forward in the Americas

The 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference culminated on 29 September with adoption of the Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas (2018-2030), which includes updates on the progress made in current...

Hurricanes Irma and Maria: health sector response

In the space of one month, several nations of the Caribbean were ravaged by two category 5 hurricanes packing winds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). Hurricane Irma passed...

Note: Health sector recovery after disasters

The document provides extensive practical guidance on key decisions, planning, financing, and execution. It also describes activities for developing and implementing a recovery plan. Finally, it describes common mistakes and...

Costa Rica: The Latin America Network of Disaster Risk Information Management Centers (RELACIGER) consolidates strategic partnerships

From 19 to 22 September 2017 in San José (Costa Rica), high-level representatives in charge of managing national disaster risk information management systems met with members of the Latin American...

Honduras and El Salvador: Violence-prone areas lead to the creation of “Safe and Resilient Health Services”

Honduras and El Salvador are part of an initiative that prioritizes six hospitals located in precarious areas, with high demand for health services. The objective is to boost the capacity...

México: Health sector response and recovery from the September 2017 earthquakes

On 7 and 19 September 2017, Mexico suffered significant human and material losses as a result of two earthquakes that primarily impacted Morelos, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Mexico City. To support...

Ecuador’s emergency medical team classified as a WHO EMT

The emergency medical team of the Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador is the second in the Americas region to receive verification from the World Health Organization (WHO), as part...

The WISER tool is increasingly useful Several groups of users tested the tool and made their recommendations

Information is power, especially for first responders and those receiving help during a hazardous materials (HazMat) incident involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) threats. Time is of the essence...