Selected Practices
Seismic vulnerability assessment of a key health facility

in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (EURO)

This report has been developed with the assistance of the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology to promote the health facility seismic vulnerability evaluation method (HVE method) through the assessment of a key health facility in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

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Pakistan: Rebuilding better through compulsory risk reduction designs

In 2005, a 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck a wide region of South Asia, affecting parts of Afghanistan, India and northern Pakistan. More than 73,000 people lost their lives and at least 150,000 others were injured. Almost half of the operating health facilities were completely destroyed and demand for emergency medical care was overwhelming This good practice example discusses 3 important lessons learned from the earthquake.

Nepal: Awareness triggers action at a major public hospital

Nepal is highly prone to earthquakes and a large-scale, devastating earthquake is likely in its future. This good practice example discusses an earthquake mass casualty scenario used to predict how Nepal's health services would cope with such a disaster.

St. Kitts & Nevis: Ensuring design, construction standards for a paediatrics unit

In 1998, Hurricane Georges caused serious damage to many buildings, including Joseph N. France Hospital. The laboratory roof was gone and support services such as storage facilities, laundry and the central sterile supplies department all had sustained damage. An estimated 90% of the hospital could not function. This good practice example discusses the rebuilding of the hospital.

Non-structural vulnerability assessment of hospitals in Nepal (SEARO)

The report outlines the possible extent of non-structural damage to nine hospitals in Nepal in case of moderate to large-scale earthquakes. It also outlines very practical and easy to implement mitigation measures, many of which the maintenance sections of the hospitals can carry out and at low cost.

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Grenada: Making homes for the elderly safer following back-to-back hurricanes

Hurricane Ivan, one of the most intense storms of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, badly damaged Grenada’s Richmond Home for the Elderly.  The entire roof of the main building collapsed, killing one patient. More residents died in the following months, mostly as a result of the increased stress faced by the elderly living in unsanitary cramped conditions following what must have been a traumatic event. This good practice example discusses the repair and retro-fitting of the Richmond Home.

Mexico: Applying the “Hospital Safety Index”

This report discusses the low-cost, easy-to-use tool called the "Hospital Safety Index" that allows countries to quickly measure and rank a health facility’s level of safety, prioritize actions that would improve safety and monitor progress. This good practice example the case of Mexico to show how the "Hospital Safety Index" can be applied to a country.