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Periodical Publications

Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-April 2009, No. 111 - New!
This issue's editorial focuses on the risks a financial crisis can pose to disaster management, as funds previously used for disaster preparedness and relief are diverted to more pressing needs. The celebration of World Health Day is covered, and an interview with the head of the International Strategy for Disaster reduction is included. Among the new training materials available from PAHO is an interactive tool for hospital safety. HTML(8/May/2009)
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Epidemiological Alerts Archives, 2003–2008
(Note: Series renamed, formerly EID Updates: Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Region of the Americas.)
The purpose of these alerts is to disseminate information on the latest public-health events that have been identified as risks to health, trade, and/or international travel. Most of these events are primarily due to infectious agents, while others are due to chemical or physical agents. The PAHO Epidemiological Alerts published at the regional level (for the Americas) complement the WHO Disease Outbreak News published at the global level. The latest issues can be found at the new site, 2009 onwards.(3/Apr/2009)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-October 2008, No. 110
This edition's editorial focuses on climate change and disaster programs in the health sector, as changes in climate have had a direct impact on recent disasters. This edition is the first with a new 12-page format, which includes an interview section--PAHO's Director is the first subject--a section on safe hospitals and one on perspectives. HTML(21/Oct/2008)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-March 2008, No. 109
Due to the threat of emerging diseases and the deliberate release of hazardous agents, there has been a revision of the international health regulations. This edition's editorial addresses the implications for national health disaster programs. Other topics include the launch of the 2008-2009 World Disaster Reduction Campaign and the yellow fever outbreak in South America. HTML(27/Mar/2008)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-June 2007, No. 107
When a disaster strikes, why is it so difficult to find reliable information? This is the topic of this issue's editorial. In addition, Safe Hospitals has become a common subject in the disaster community. There are several articles that touch on this very important issue. HTML(17/Jul/2007)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-February 2007, No. 106
Assessments are an important first step to determining immediate humanitarian needs after a disaster. This month's editorial offers the best practices for conducting needs assessments, so that the affected population gets the most benefit from humanitarian assistance. HTML(13/Mar/2007)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-October 2006, No. 105
Why are post-disaster needs assessments important?. They can make a difference in a disaster-affected country, making sure that urgent needs are addressed. This is the subject of the editorial of this issue. Other articles include methanol poisoning in Nicaragua, disaster preparedness in PAHO/WHO Member States, and preparations for pandemic influenza. HTML(26/Oct/2006)
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PAHO Today - August 2006 Edition
PAHO Today is the newsletter of the Pan American Health Organization. In this edition: Remembering Dr. Lee, World Health Assembly Set New Priorities for Global Health, PAHO Assists U.N. Pandemic Flu Efforts, more.(9/Aug/2006)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-April 2006, No. 103
The United Nations has established the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making. This issues' editorial discusses how it works and what it will signify in the next big emergency. HTML(8/May/2006)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-January 2006, No. 102
The threat of a flu pandemic has been prominent in the news lately. In this issue's editorial the subject is broached, emphasizing the need for communication between different sectors so that every country is able to face a potencial pandemic. PAHO/WHO has formed a response team to face epidemics. HTML(8/Feb/2006)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-October 2005, No. 101
In this issue we explore how information management can help humanitarian agencies during and after disasters. The 2005 hurricane season broke all records, and many Member States were affected. SUMA helps in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake. HTML(8/Dec/2005)
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Perspectives in Health - Volume 10, Number 1, 2005
Magazine published by the Pan American Health Organization. This edition features the following articles: Disaster Myths That Just Won't Die - Real Men Are Responsible - Little Havana's "Dr. Joe" - The Problem with Drinking - A Special Relationship(7/Mar/2005)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-January 2005, No. 98
The disaster in South East Asia and the handling of dead bodies after disasters are the main topics of this issue. Also included are the results of a survey on PAHO's disaster publications. HTML(25/Feb/2005)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-April 2004, No. 95
In this issue, an analysis is made of past failures of international interventions in Haiti. The recent crisis in that country makes is necessary for the international community to make a concerted effort, so that whatever help that reaches the country this time is not wasted.(21/May/2004)
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EID Weekly Updates: Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Region of the Americas, Vol. 2, No. 14—8 April 2004
This issue provides information on two events: a workshop in Lima, Peru, on the Epidemiology and Diagnostics of Influenza in the Andean Subregion; and the I International Course on Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers and Hantavirus at the INVEH in Pergamino, Argentina.(8/Apr/2004)
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EID Weekly Updates: Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Region of the Americas, Vol. 2, No. 11—18 March 2004
This issue offers updates on avian influenza (in Asia, the USA, and Canada; and announcement of regional workshop in the Americas on integrated surveillance of and response to acute respiratory diseases); Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS); and West Nile Virus (WNV) in Belize.(18/Mar/2004)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-January 2004, No. 94
This issue's editorial deals with the earthquake in Bam, Iran (Dec. 2003) and the use of field hospitals after the disaster. There is also a report on an important course on e-learning. An 8-page supplement on disaster mitigation in hospitals is also included.(10/Feb/2004)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-October 2003, No. 93
The October 2003 issue of the Newsletter "Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas" can now be read in HTML and PDF formats. This month's editorial deals with the management of dead bodies after disasters. It also includes a supplement on water and disasters.(22/Oct/2003)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-July 2003, No. 92
Local Emergency Health Plans is the topic of the editorial of this issue of the newsletter. Aside from the regular sections, this issue includes a supplement on the Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID).(17/Jul/2003)
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Perspectives in Health - Volume 8, Number 1, 2003
Magazine published three times a year by the Pan American Health Organization. This edition features the following articles: For the Kids'Sake - The New Wave of AIDS - The Tobacco Files - Out of the Ashes - Door to Door for Health - Rescuing the Art of Breastfeeding(13/May/2003)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-January 2003, No. 90
This month's editorial focuses on the plight of displaced populations when they cross borders into other countries. It is often hard to assess the living conditions of these populations, especially if an armed conflict impedes access to the areas where they are fleeing.(22/Jan/2003)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-October 2002, No. 89
This month's editorial focuses on the debate of what is better for the health sector: Emergency Operations Centers or Situation Rooms? Health situation rooms do a good job of collecting health data on a routine basis. However, for data to have an impact on life-saving decisions, health professionals must adapt collection and dissemination to the rapid and often chaotic pace of an emergency.(10/Oct/2002)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas-July 2002, No. 88
This month's editorial focuses on logistical support systems, a new growth industry that has caught the attention of the private sector. New trends are posing opportunities and challenges for SUMA users throughout the world.(8/Aug/2002)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas- April 2002, No. 87
In recent years, the international community has focussed its attention, and rightly so, on the need for good governance in developing countries. Today, transparency and accountability are no longer just slogans but prerequisites for aid from abroad.(3/Jun/2002)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. October 2000, No. 82
Editorial on "Health: A Bridge to Peace in Colombia" and special supplement on "Publications 2000." It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Oct/2000)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 2000, No. 81
Editorial on "The Medical Response to Natural Disasters: Have We Learned Anything Yet?" It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jul/2000)
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Perspectives in Health - Volume 1, Number 1, 1996
Magazine published twice a year by the Pan American Health Organization. This edition features the following articles: The Camera Lens as Chronicler - Relearning Lessons of the Greeks - The Economics of the Heart - Designing With Disaster in Mind - Fred Cuny, Formulator of Fast-Track Relief(2/Apr/2000)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. January 2000, No. 79
Editorial on "Inappropriate Relief Donations: What is the Problem?" and special report on "Disaster in Venezuela". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jan/2000)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. October 1999, No. 78
Editorial on "Who will take responsibility for disaster reduction?". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Oct/1999)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 1999, No. 77
Editorial on "Disaster-stricken Countries Have Made Progress. Why then does press coverage leave us with a sense of deja vu?". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jul/1999)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. April 1999, No. 76
Editorial on "Emergency Response and Disaster Reduction: Can One Single Agency Handle Both? It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Apr/1999)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. January 1999, No. 75
Editorial on "SUMA: A Versatile tool for Management and Good Governance" and special report on "The Devastating Path of Hurricane Mitch in Central America". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jan/1999)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. October 1998, No. 74
Editorial on "Hospital Safety: A Collective Responsiblity." It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters. (PDF 274KB)(1/Oct/1998)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 1998, No. 73
Editorial on "Less Paper and More Bytes? Let the Reader Decide!"It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jul/1998)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. April 1998, No. 72
Editorial on "Health University and Disaster Management" and special report on "SUMA ... toward a global standard with support from the Government of the Netherlands." It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Apr/1998)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. January 1998, No. 71
Editorial on "Crisis Management on the Internet: A Snapshot of Progress in the Region." It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jan/1998)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 1997, No. 70
Editorial on "Medical equipment donations:Who sets the standard?" It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jul/1997)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. April 1997, No. 69
Editorial on "Three, two, one... Gone?" It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Apr/1997)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. October 1996, No. 68
Editorial on looking beyond hospitals and medical treatments to other health lifelines. It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(4/Oct/1996)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 1996, No. 67
Editorial on "WHO issues New International Guidelines for Drug Donation". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(4/Jul/1996)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. April 1996, No. 66
Editorial on prevention, mitigation and preparedness. It also mentions some information about safe hospitals by the year 2001. It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Apr/1996)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. January 1996, No. 65
Editorial on "The Internet: Tending to the Basics". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jan/1996)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. October 1995, No. 64
Editorial on "Bridging a Gap Between Two Cultures: Military and Humanitarian". It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(4/Oct/1995)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. July 1995, No. 63
Editorial on a new phase for SUMA beyond the inventory. It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Jul/1995)
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Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas. April 1995 No. 62
Editorial on legislators meetings in order to support disaster reduction. It also contains information from PAHO/WHO, other organizations, PAHO member countries and new publications on disasters.(1/Apr/1995)
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