Issue 127 September 2018

What we know about the impact of volcanic ash in the respiratory system

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What we know about the impact of volcanic ash in the respiratory system

The health impact of volcanic eruptions is of major significance, and the effects of volcanic ash on the respiratory system and on general health are especially important. Several volcanoes are...

Consultation to integrate indigenous traditional knowledge in disaster risk reduction for health salud carried out in Mexico

In 2014, within the framework of a consultation in Canada concerning disaster risk reduction in the health sector in indigenous communities, 20 delegates from ten countries in the American hemisphere...

The Emergency Medical Teams (EMT) initiative moves forward in the Americas

The Pan American Health Organization held the IV Regional Meeting of Emergency Medical Team Coordinators, on 16-20 July in Virginia (United States), with 26 participants from Haiti, Brazil, Uruguay, Canada,...

United States’ Team Rubicon classified as a Type 1 EMT

The United States Team Rubicon, a disaster response organization made up of armed forces veterans, received a verification visit for the classification of its Type 1 Mobile Emergency Medical Team....

Carlos Soto Menegazzo, Minister of Health of Guatemala

On 3 June of this year, Guatemala experienced one of the worst catastrophes of recent years. The eruption of Volcán de Fuego, in the country’s south central region (one of...

Countries of the Americas bolster their response to address yellow fever

Between December 2016 and June 2018, 2,045 confirmed cases of yellow fever were reported to PAHO/WHO, including 677 deaths in confirmed cases in seven countries of the Americas: Bolivia, Brazil,...

Guatemala: The response to the Volcán de Fuego eruption

On 3 June, Guatemala’s Volcán de Fuego, located some 20 kilometers west of Antigua, began erupting, emitting columns of ash reaching 10,000 meters above sea level and producing constant pyroclastic...

Peru: The regional health directorates strengthen capacities for monitoring water quality

Those in charge of monitoring water quality programs in 12 of Peru’s regions took part in the Workshop on Monitoring Drinking Water Quality, which aimed to strengthen capacities and ensure...

Honduras: Workshop to assess the Hospital Safety Index

The purpose of the workshop was to train evaluators to use the HSI tool. Professionals from various of the country’s hospitals participated. These included the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital, Leonardo...

Venezuela and neighboring countries Institutional regional response to the health situation

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, a federal state of over 30 million inhabitants, is dealing with a sociopolitical and economic situation that has had a negative impact on its social...

PAHO/WHO publishes a case study of how to rebuild better: reconstructing the Adina Donovan nursing home in the British Virgin...

This document is a case study of efforts to rebuild and improve the Adina Donovan nursing home in Tortola. The facility sustained major damage during the passage of Hurricane Irma,...

The Information Management Toolkit for Emergency Operations Centers, a resource to improve Member States’ coordination and decision-making during emergencies

Information management during emergencies continues to be a challenge for the health sector because the available information can be limited and even contradictory. Also, the information is often difficult to...

NLM launches newly designed disaster information website

La Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina de los Estados Unidos (NLM, por sus siglas en inglés) ha lanzado el nuevo diseño de la web de su Centro de Investigación en Gestión...

International Volcanic Health Hazard Network

The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network (IVHHN) is an umbrella organization for all research and dissemination of information on the health hazards and impacts of volcanic eruptions. IVHHN represents academics...

Upcoming Events Issue 127 - September 2018

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