Issue 107 June 2007

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What's New at CRID

The Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID)’s mission is to promote the development of a culture of prevention in Latin American and Caribbean countries through the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related...

New Information Resources on Pandemic Influenza

Updated information from PAHO/WHO — www.paho.org/english/ad/dpc/cd/flu-pan.htm WHO checklist for influenza pandemic preparedness planning — www.who.int/csr/resources/publications/influenza/WHO_CDS_CSR_GIP_2005_4/en/index.html U.S. Government avian and pandemic flu information — www.pandemicflu.gov/ Avian and pandemic influenza information...

PAHO’s New Video on Safe Hospitals

PAHO has produced a new video, in DVD format, to promote the concept and strategy of Safe Hospitals. It makes it clear that this issue is of universal concern, extending...

New Spanish-language Training Material on Local Health, Water, and Sanitation Management

New materials produced by PAHO/WHO are part of a project to strengthen local health services during disasters in the Andean region. The disaster preparedness program of the European Commission’s Humanitarian...

Andean Ministers of Health Reaffirm Their Commitment to Disaster Reduction

During their twenty-eighth meeting, held in March in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the Ministers of Health of the Andean Region reaffirmed their commitment to the Andean health sector...

Floods in Bolivia

Events related to the El Niño phenomenon caused widespread suffering in Bolivia in January through March 2007. Major flooding, freezing weather, and hail affected the departments of Beni, Santa Cruz,...

Nevado Del Huila Volcano Erupts in Colombia

On 19 Febuary, after more than 200 years of inactivity, the Nevado del Huila volcano erupted; this was followed by a more intense eruption on 17 April. The volcano is...

El Salvador Stages Its First “Bird Flu” Simulation

Following the examples of Mexico and Argentina, the health authorities in El Salvador carried out the country’s first simulation exercise for an avian influenza pandemic. The aim of the exercise...

ISDR Presents PreventionWeb

The ISDR Secretariat, in its support of the Hyogo Framework for Action, is developing an information portal for disaster risk reduction (DDR) called PreventionWeb. Its primary purpose is to facilitte...

OCHA Launches a New Spanish-language Website for Humanitarian Information

Redhum is a virtual tool that provides easy access through the Internet to updated humanitarian information from the Latin American region, allowing for better disaster preparation and response.

Andean Countries Expand Capacity for Managing Disaster Information

Strengthening the capacity to manage information is a major challenge in risk reduction. This is the objective of a project to create information centers for disaster prevention and response sponsored...

First Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was convened by the U.N. Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs in June 2007 in Geneva

Emergency Operations Center for the Caribbean

The Emergency Operations Center for the Caribbean (EOC-CAR) was established to provide reliable, timely, and authoritative information during the Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007. Located at the PAHO/WHO Office in...

Safe Hospitals, A Global Strategy

In the framework of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction meeting, held in Geneva (see next page), WHO and PAHO organized a workshop on disaster risk reduction in health...

Safety Index for Hospitals: A quick and practical way to assess health facilities

How can we tell whether a hospital is safe? What does “safe” really mean? What can we do when we know that it isn’t? For many years there have been...

Caribbean Health Sector Scores a Win for the Cricket World Cup

Much has been said about the gains and losses of the Caribbean countries that hosted the Cricket World Cup (CWC) in 2007. Attendance at the games was lower than expected,...

Good Information Is the Most Elusive Commodity in Large Disasters

Medical treatment and public health interventions are generally based on evidence. Methods and procedures are critically reviewed, often with control groups; side effects or errors are tracked and corrected; finally,...