Issue 126 - June 2018

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

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Upcoming Events Issue 126 - June 2018

Meetings to take place in the next months.

Educational resources of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM)

NEW Course for Disaster Information Specialists: Social Media Analysis during Disasters (in English). This course will help participants develop and implement a plan to monitor and analyze disaster information on...

Evidence Aid: Scientific evidence for the prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition

In 2017, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP), and other United Nations agencies estimated that more than 70 million people worldwide required food or other...

Venezuela: Receives technical assistance to improve the health sector’s response capacity

Strengthening the capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters is one of the main areas of technical cooperation that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) offers to the Ministry of...

Haití: Ministry of Health fights diphtheria in Haiti

The Haitian Ministry of Health has stepped up efforts to combat diphtheria with PAHO/WHO support. So far this year, 75 probable cases have been reported. Essential medical supplies to treat...

Guatemala: CISDUSAC: over 15 years of providing information on health and disasters

Guatemala has had a Health and Disasters Information Center for more than 15 years, located in the Dr. Julio de León Méndez Library and Documentation Center of the School of...

Ecuador: The Unified Emergency and Disaster System (SISMED)

In an emergency, response time is vital. Prompt arrival at the scene of the event and patient transfer to health services is essential for reducing morbidity and preventing disabilities. As...

Smart Hospital Project: an opportunity to build back better

Hurricanes Irma and Maria have demonstrated the importance of disaster preparedness efforts. In this regard, the Smart Health Facilities Project being developed by ministries of health with PAHO support is...

Caribbean: Recovery continues after a very active hurricane season

In 2017, the Caribbean experienced one of the most active hurricane seasons to date. Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm, brought strong winds and rains to the Caribbean islands of...

Chile: Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense sign cooperation agreement on disaster response

The objective of the Agreement is to establish guidelines for cooperation and reciprocal coordination of training, research, and education on emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes. Facilitated by the PAHO/WHO Representative Office...

Bolivia: PAHO/WHO support in the national flood emergency

Since early 2018, Bolivia has sustained a number of heavy precipitation events, especially in the Beni, in the north-central part of the country, and in the departments of Potosi and...

The Region of the Americas hosted the Second Regional Meeting of Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs)

More than one hundred experts from the Americas participated in the Second Regional EMT Meeting held in Quito (Ecuador) to consolidate best practices in EMT preparedness and response, and to...

Information management and risk assessment in ministries of health

The management of information on health emergencies is a strategic activity which, along with risk assessment, enables ministries of health to provide an efficient response to the different emergencies that...

Health sector advances in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

The VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas will be held 20-22 June 2018 in Cartagena, Colombia. It is an opportunity for Member States, the private sector,...