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Regional and International Perspectives and Updates in Disaster Management

01 July 2008

purpose
Purpose

To provide an update on regional and international perspectives and issues in disaster management and PAHO’s technical cooperation in disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean over the past year

outline
Outline
  • International updates
  • HDC 2007 priorities implementation
  • Other key activities
  • Upcoming activities
international updates
International Updates
  • ISDR –WHO World Disaster Reduction Campaign, 2008-2009, Hospitals safe from Disasters
  • Consultation on Global Humanitarian Trends and their Implications on Institutions in the Americas
  • Most intense disasters in 2008– earthquake in China and Cyclone in Myanmar
  • Humanitarian Reform: Cluster and CERF
priorities from hdc 2007
Priorities from HDC 2007
  • Support mass casualty management training for trainers
  • Support the safe hospital initiative
  • Sustain support for preparations for pandemic influenza
  • Facilitate mechanisms for more intense sharing of information among health and disaster professionals
mcm training for trainers
MCM Training for Trainers
  • Purpose
    • To increase cadre of instructors for the MCM course in the Caribbean
    • Response to HDC 2007 priority request
  • Trainings
    • 20 – 28 June 2008 , Falmouth, Jamaica (13 participants from Belize, Bermuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad )
    • Two more before end of 2008
safe hospital initiative
Safe Hospital Initiative
  • DIPECHO Project: Strengthening Communities through safer health facilities in the Caribbean
    • Eight countries (Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines)
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Safe Hospital Initiative
  • XXX Caribbean personnel trained to apply the Hospital Safety Index (+, Jamaica, Trinidad, Belize)
  • Discussions with CROSQ to support revision of Caribbean building code
pandemic influenza preparedness
Pandemic Influenza Preparedness
  • Support provided to countries
    • NIPPP self assessments (21 countries)
    • NIPPP action plan development (4 countries)
    • Simulation drills (2 countries; 7 observer countries)
    • Rapid response team trainings (10 countries)
    • Table top simulation exercises (16 countries)
    • Provision of PPEs
mechanisms for information sharing
Mechanisms for Information Sharing
  • Implementing suggestions from HDC 2007
    • Web site
    • Elluminate
    • List serv
  • Exploring other possibilities
other key activities
Other Key Activities
  • Training in MCM/IC, ECAT, LSS
  • Disaster Response (Hurricane Dean Dominica, St. Lucia and Jamaica; Tropical Storm Noel Bahamas; Flooding in Belize and Suriname)
  • Wind Hazard Maps
disaster response activities
Disaster Response Activities
  • Hurricane Dean in Jamaica, August 2007
    • Deployed Regional Response Team
    • Trained 10 staff in LSS/SUMA
    • Mobilized resources for response and recovery (ECHO and USAID)
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Disaster Response Activities
  • Flooding in Belize, June 2008
    • Deployed expert in water and sanitation
    • Mobilized resources for response and recovery
  • Flooding in Suriname, June 2008
    • Technical support provided through local PAHO office
wind hazard maps
Wind Hazard Maps
  • Developed for Caribbean islands and nearby coastal areas of Central and South America
  • PAHO to host series of two day courses in the Caribbean for public and private sector engineers
activities on the radar
Activities on the Radar
  • Elderly in Disasters Initiative
  • Fifth WHO Public Health Pre-Deployment Course
  • World Health Day 2009
  • Winds of change II
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