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Announcements

Almost a quarter of all disease caused by environmental exposure
As much as 24% of global disease is caused by environmental exposures which can be averted. Well-targeted interventions can prevent much of this environmental risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) demonstrates in a report issued today. The report further estimates that more than 33% of disease in children under the age of 5 is caused by environmental exposures. WHO report Preventing disease through healthy environments: Towards an estimate of the environmental burden of disease(16/Jun/2006)
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Books

Public health response to biological and chemical weapons
This WHO publication is a guide to member states on preparedness for and response to the deliberate use of biological and chemical weapons. PAHO has published the Spanish language edition of this important publication. It is available in full text.(14/Apr/2004)
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Logros en Salud en Centroamérica: Cinco años después de Mitch
Cinco años después del huracán Mitch—uno de los desastres más devastadores en la historia de Centroamérica—los países más afectados han hecho avances muy importantes en la reducción de su vulnerabilidad a los desastres. Esta publicación se enfoca en muchos de estos logros: hospitales y sistemas de salud más seguros; comunidades mejor preparadas para enfrentarse a las consecuencias para la salud de los desastres; información al día y mucho más.(17/Feb/2004)
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Villa Centenario OPS - Chronicle of healthy housing after a disaster
The Villa Centenario OPS, an anti-seismic housing complex, was developed in El Salvador to benefit people affected by the earthquakes of January and February 2001. This publication relates the participation of the different actors who made possible, in El Salvador, the first experience in the Americas where a new vision is used to build healthy housing and human settlements. In Spanish only(16/Oct/2002)
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Multimedia

Progress made in the Project on Adaptation and Validation of the 5 Key Ways Manual on Food Safety in Elementary Schools in Guatemala
This 20-slide presention reports on the PAHO project currently being carried out by INCAP in Guatemala. The purpose of the Project is to adapt the WHO Bringing Food Safety Home: Using the WHO Five Keys to Safer Food to local-level needs in Guatemala and later in Honduras as well. The target population is teachers, pupils, and heads of household (the educational community).(10/Jul/2006)
In English       PowerPoint  
en español     PowerPoint  

Photo Gallery: Typhoid Epidemic in Ca Pierre, Haiti
This page summarizes the typhoid epidemic in Haiti in June 2004 and provides six photographs showing the cause and effects.(9/Jul/2004)
In English       HTML(4.39k)  
en español     HTML(4.69k)  
en Français    HTML   

Photo Gallery: Primary Care in an Indigenous Community of Chorotes (Tartagal, Province of Salta, Argentina)
These nine photos are of a OAHO community project aimed at improving the quality of life of the indigenous peoples of the Chaco region. The project was a great success in that in involved full community participation and a multitude of actors. These photos give a good idea of its immediate positive impact on community life.(24/Jul/2003)
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en español     HTML(4.1k)  


Other Resources

Sustainable Development and Environmental Health - Basic Sanitation
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE) - Basic Sanitation, Quality and Drinking Water Supply, Sanitation, Solid Waste Management(12/Aug/2005)
In English       HTML(8.06k)  
en español     HTML(9.66k)  

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

EID Weekly Updates: Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases, Region of the Americas, Vol. 2, No. 22—1 July 2004
This issue offers updated information on the confirmed outbreak of Bolivian Hemorrhagic Fever (BHF) in the Department of Beni, Itenez Province, Bolivia; and on the Typhoid Fever epidemic in Ca Pierre, Haiti.(1/Jul/2004)
In English       HTML(6.24k)  
en español     HTML(6.76k)  

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)
In English       PDF(489.75k)   HTML  
en español     PDF(448.02k)   HTML  

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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en español     PDF(563.89k)   HTML  


Technical Documents

Preparativos en salud, agua y saneamiento para la respuesta local ante desastres
Esta publicación destaca la importancia de la participación activa de los sectores de salud, agua y saneamiento en la organización local de los preparativos y la respuesta, y ofrece pautas para facilitar el desarrollo de medidas oportunas y eficaces que protejan la integridad de la población y la de su entorno, en situaciones de emergencias y desastres.(21/Sep/2007)
en español     HTML(3.69k)  

¿Cómo reducir el impacto de los desastres en los sistemas de agua y saneamiento rural?
Esta publicación presenta los principales impactos de los fenómenos naturales en los sistemas rurales de agua y saneamiento y propone medidas para reducir las vulnerabilidades que originan estos daños, con la finalidad de que se incluyan en la planificación, diseño y construcción de esta infraestructura y en los procesos de rehabilitación y/o reconstrucción, cuando los daños ya han sido reportados.(19/Sep/2007)
en español     HTML(4.02k)  

Guía para la vigilancia y control de la calidad del agua en situaciones de emergencia y desastre
Esta publicación presenta las principales acciones para el monitoreo de la calidad del agua para consumo humano durante situaciones de emergencia y desastre, considerando las necesidades inmediatamente posteriores al evento adverso hasta la rehabilitación de los servicios, con el fin de garantizar agua segura a la población afectada.(19/Sep/2007)
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