Disaster Mitigation

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Environmental Health Management after Natural Disasters
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Los desastres naturales y la proteccion de la salud
Los desastres naturales y la proteccion de la salud(12/Sep/2006)
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Guías de evaluación de los preparativos para desastres
Guías de evaluación de los preparativos para desastres en el sector de la salud(30/Aug/2006)
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Hospitales Seguros ante Inundaciones
Hospitales seguros ante inundaciones expone los efectos más comunes de las inundaciones en los servicios de salud y brinda recomendaciones técnicas para aplicar en la prevención, la mitigación, la rehabilitación y la reconstrucción de la infraestructura de salud vulnerable a inundaciones.(30/Aug/2005)
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Safe Hospitals - A Collective Responsibility - A Global Measure of Disaster Reduction
Protecting critical health facilities, particularly hospitals, from the avoidable consequences of disasters, is not only essential to meeting the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations, but also a social and political necessity in its own right. This is the message that Safe Hospitals—A Collective Responsibility, A Global Measure of Disaster Reduction, prepared by PAHO/WHO for the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction, puts forth.(28/Feb/2005)
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Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations
This manual should be of interest to specialists in disasters and in management of human remains, and especially national or local authorities who are responsible for ensuring that bodies are treated in a dignified manner and that the human rights of those affected by disasters are respected.(9/Sep/2004)
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Manual de evaluación de daños y necesidades en salud para situaciones de desastre
Este manual es un instrumento técnico que pueda ser utilizado en cualquier situación de desastre, con los respectivos ajustes según la realidad local y el tipo de evento adverso. Se incluyen conceptos básicos de la gestión del riesgo, las principales responsabilidades del sector salud y las características de la evaluación en las áreas de vigilancia epidemiológica, saneamiento básico e infraestructura de salud.(18/Aug/2004)
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Guidelines for vulnerability reduction in the design of new health facilities
In recent years it has been proved that even countries with limited financial resources can serve their populations well by providing them with health facilities resistant to natural hazards. this publication puts forward three potential levels of protection from adverse events and it is directed to health sector managers, professionals, and technical consultants entrusted with managing, designing, building, and inspecting new health facilities.(23/Feb/2004)
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Protecting New Health Facilities from Natural Disasters
This publication is an overview of the Guidelines for Vulnerability Reduction in the Design of New Health Facilities and includes recommendations on how to promote their use among national authorities, planners and financing agencies involved in the development of these projects.(17/Feb/2004)
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Disaster Chronicles - Eartquakes in El Salvador 2001
The chronicle describes actions and analyzes the efficiency of the disaster preparedness programs, their impact on the health sector response in the assistance and recovery stages. It includes a list of lessons learned geared toward health sector workers and managers, that will help draw conclusions of interest for the management of future emergencies and disaster situations.In Spanish only.(22/Aug/2002)
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Disaster Chronicles: El Niño 1997-1998 (only in Spanish)
Now that we are in a period "between Niños," it would be extremely useful to revisit the 1997/1998 phenomenon and draw from the experiences and lessons learned, so we can better prepare ourselves for the next episode. This book, available only in Spanish, is a technical and institutional retrospective of El Niño's effect on the health sector, showing the extent to which the 1997/1998 El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) affected daily life and public health in most Latin American countries. To access the book in full-text visit Crónicas de desastres: Fenómeno El Niño . If you would like to buy a copy of the book visit the Bookstore .(19/Sep/2000)
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Impact of the Disasters on the Public Health (only in Spanish)
It is a very well documented book that provides excellent information on the causes, history, frequency, duration and consequences of the largest and most frequently occurring disasters in the world. It is a book that will be very useful in the library of anyone involved in the area of disasters. (3/Sep/2000)
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Crónicas de Desastres: Terremoto de Cariaco, Venezuela (only in Spanish)
In July 1997, a major earthquake hit the Venezuelan state of Sucre. This report reconstructs the events and describes the impact on and response of local and national health authorities. It is an example of how disaster managers cope in a sudden-onset disaster.(10/Dec/1999)
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Disaster Chronicle: Hurricanes Georges and Mitch
An analysis of the impact on health, capturing the lessons learned on preparedness and the response from the health sector in the assistance to the victims of Georges and Mitch. These hurricanes that had devastating consequences and severely affected the population of Central America and the Caribbean in September and October of 1998. We have compiled eight national reports in this series which describe the events and analyze the impact on the most affected countries. To access the book in full-text visit Disaster Chronicle: Hurricanes Georges and Mitch. If you would like to buy a copy of the book visit the Bookstore. (1/Sep/1999)
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Principles of Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities
The book focuses on problems encountered in areas at high risk for seismic events. It introduces the essential aspects of carrying out vulnerability assessments and applying practical measures to mitigate damage in hospitals, addressing structural and nonstructural aspects, as well as administrative and internal organization. To access the book in full-text visit Principles of Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities. If you would like to buy a copy of the book visit the Bookstore .(13/Jul/1999)
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Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Situations: Guide for Effective Aid
This book offers recommendations for donors and beneficiaries in making their decisions to maximize the benefits in the short and long terms for the countries affected by natural and complex disasters. This Guide provides strong evidence that humanitarian assistance can considerably benefit a country ravaged by disaster if it responds with real needs. It combines and updates several publications that PAHO has published in the last 15 years. To access the book in full-text visit Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Situations. If you would like to buy a copy of the book visit the Bookstore . (1/Jul/1999)
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Crónicas de Desastres: Terremoto de Aiquile, Cochabamba, Bolivia (only in Spanish)
In May 1998, Bolivia was hit by one of the most severe earthquakes in the country’s recent history, presenting a major challenge to authorities in charge of response and rehabilitation in the affected areas. This recounts events during the initial impact of the earthquake, relief efforts, and the early phases of reconstruction from the perspective of the health sector. The report highlights innovations developed in the area of environmental health.(24/Oct/1998)
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Natural Disaster Mitigation in Drinking Water and Sewerage Systems: Guidelines for Vulnerability Analysis
Vulnerability analysis-the topic of this publication-provides a simple approach for assessing the vulnerability of system components to the impact of hazards in a particular area. The outcome of the analysis will define the necessary mitigation measures and emergency response procedures should a disaster occur. These guidelines are meant to be used as an analytical tool by engineering and technical personnel working with drinking water and sewerage services to diagnose the behavior of these systems in the event of a natural disaster.(1/Jul/1998)
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Manual para la mitigación de desastres naturales en sistemas rurales de agua potable (only in Spanish)
Damage to water and sanitation systems in rural areas as a consequence of disasters often results in the suspension of these critical services. This compounds the effects of economic losses and poorly organized disaster response in rural areas, increasing hazards to the health and general well-being of affected communities. This publication focuses on particular aspects of disaster mitigation for water and sewerage systems serving rural areas, and is of interest to administrators and technical personnel of water authorities.(1/Jun/1998)
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International Conference on Disaster Mitigation in Heath Facilities
The Conference Recommendations presented in these Proceedings reflect the commitment of Govermments, institutions, and individuals to work toward the goal of reducing the loss of life, material damage, and the social and economic disruption caused by natural disasters.(1/Jan/1996)
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