Issue 128 February 2019

Regional ministerial meeting identifies priority actions in migration and health

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Ministers of the Caribbean approve a plan to prepare for the impact of climate change on health

The Third Global Conference on Health and Climate paid special attention to small island developing states. It was convened by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health...

Dominican Republic: Technical personnel strengthen their capacity for decision-making during emergencies

In order to strengthen the ability of technical personnel to make decisions during health emergencies, the Pan American Health Organization, in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health and the...

Bolivia: Ministry of Health creates a unit for Environmental Health, Emergencies, and Disaster Risk Management

The Ministry of Health of Bolivia has created an Environmental Health, Emergencies, and Disaster Risk Management Unit. This unit is responsible for the National Disaster Risk Management Program (PNCAD), the...

Costa Rica: Ministry of Health officials receive training on migration

The International Organization for Migration and the Pan American Health Organization gave a workshop on migration and health for Ministry of Health officials, both at the central level and in...

Nicaragua: Hospital Disaster Response Preparedness Workshop

At the end of November Nicaragua held a Hospital Disaster Response Preparedness Workshop in close coordination with the Office of Health Services and the Office of Emergency and Disaster Risk...

Venezuela: PAHO delivers 50 tons of medicines for the Venezuelan people

Approximately 500,000 patients in different hospital departments—emergency, intensive care, surgery, and general medicine—will benefit from the delivery of 22 tons of drugs and medical supplies to Venezuela, arranged by the...

Chile: PAHO donates satellite equipment to the Ministry of Health of Chile to improve connectivity of Rapa Nui during emergencies...

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has given the Ministry of Health of Chile a complete set of telecommunications equipment to be used in Rapa Nui (Easter Island) during emergencies,...

Hospital evacuation manual emphasizes critical areas

The strengthening of hospital preparedness to respond to any risk or event should consider all scenarios and establish protocols and procedures to facilitate an efficient response.

Gray literature database on disaster medicine and public health

Disaster Lit® Database for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) database of links to disaster medicine and public health resources available on the internet...

Disability Inclusion in Hospital Disaster Risk Management (INGRID-H): An evaluation/action methodology to improve the inclusion of persons with disabilities

In order to support the efforts of country health sectors to comply with Article 11 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“Situations of risk...

Prevention and Response to Health Emergencies: First regional meeting of national health disaster coordinators and national focal points for the...

Almost one quarter (21%) of all disasters in the world between 2013 and mid-2018 occurred in the Region of the Americas, resulting in 141 million victims and more than 10,000...

Measles response continues in the Americas

Within the context of a measles outbreak in Venezuela that started in July 2017, 12 countries of the Americas have reported confirmed cases of measles (Figure 1) as of 18...

Central America: Strengthening access to health services in violence-prone areas

The Northern Triangle of Central America, comprised of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, has one of the highest rates of violence in the world for a non-conflict area, with homicide...

Caribbean: Resilient health care facilities in the Caribbean

Much has been written about small island states and the impacts of climate change, including stronger hurricanes, sea level rise, higher temperatures, and extreme rains and flooding. These effects have...

Regional ministerial meeting identifies priority actions in migration and health

On 29 November 2018, ministers and national health authorities from 25 countries and territories of the Region of the Americas, as well as the Secretariat of the Pan American Health...