Humanitarian Supply Management

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SUMA in El Salvador: Transparent Humanitarian Aid (only in Spanish)
FUNDESUMA published a special document devoted to the experience of using SUMA during the earthquakes of El Salvador in January and February 2001. The report includes expert testimony, excellent graphics describing how the system operates, statistics and an explanation of the different procedures in the reception of donations.(1/Apr/2001)
In English       only in Spanish  
en español     sólo en español  

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)
In English       only in Spanish  
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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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Virtual Disaster Library -Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance
This edition of this electronic collection (available on line and on CD-ROM) incorporates the most important works published by the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, UNHCR, UNICEF, Project SPHERE, the Red International Cross Movement, and several non-governmental organizations. This edition has a new more powerful and improved search engine and all the documents are available in HTML and many in PDF format. With more than 400 scientific and technical documents, this collection is the most important information tool on these topics. (31/Dec/2002)
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en español     HTML(4.66k)  


SUMA: Humanitarian Supply Management Project
This program introduces the Humanitarian Supply Management Project (SUMA), which was created by PAHO/WHO with the cooperation of experts from a variety of countries in the Region of the Americas, and the support of the Netherlands Government. SUMA assists national authorities to identify, classify and distribute humanitarian supplies in emergency situations, ensuring a more organized process that gets needed supplies to beneficiaries quickly. The video emphasizes the importance of developing a national cadre of professionals trained in humanitarian supply management methods before disaster strikes, and addresses the mobilization of international experts.(15/Jan/1995)
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Other Resources

Disaster Management Tools
This page illustrates a list on what should be done when disaster strikes.(1/Mar/2002)
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en español     HTML(0.73k)  

Technical Guidelines for Disaster Situations - Index
Practical Public Health Information for disaster situations prepared by PAHO's technical divisions.(11/Feb/2002)
In English       HTML(11.05k)  
en español     HTML(7.36k)  

Periodical Publications

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)
In English       PDF(1945.4k)  
en español     PDF(1862.82k)  

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)
In English       PDF(644.66k)  
en español     PDF(602.17k)  

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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en español     PDF(469.78k)  

Technical Documents

Floods in Bolivia - February 2006
Torrential rains almost in all of the territory of Bolivia have caused overflowing of important rivers, affecting La Paz and Trinidad cities and several rural communities across the country. Heavy rains triggered landslides and road obstructions causing the isolation of some rural communities. The National Meteorological Service has informed that rain will continue over the next weeks. The government has declared a national emergency and authorities are making an appeal for international assistance.(9/Feb/2006)
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en español     HTML(11.91k)  

Floods in Central America and Mexico - October 2005
Rains brought on by Hurricane Stan have produced serious flooding and landslides in communities along the Atlantic coast of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador.(6/Oct/2005)
In English       HTML(15.17k)  
en español     HTML(15.19k)  

Floods in Guyana
Guyana has been experiencing an excessive amount of rainfall. By mid-January, 27 inches of rain had fallen. This has caused considerable flooding along the coastal regions which are the most densely populated areas of Guyana. It is estimated that more than 70,000 persons in the Georgetown area are seriously affected by the floods. Along the coastal regions, the number is much higher. The Government of Guyana has several regions of the country as disaster areas.(25/Jan/2005)
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