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Regional Health Forum – vol. 13 no. 1, 2009 (SEARO)

The first five articles in this edition of the Regional Health Forum are based on the theme of World Health Day 2009: Health Facilities in Emergencies. The articles discuss the theme and its various aspects such as: methodologies for assessing structural and non-structural vulnerability of health facilities; community involvement and multi-stakeholder participation; health workforce preparedness; and the critical role of primary health care in disaster risk reduction.

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Health in South-East Asia – vol. 2 no. 1, April 2009 (SEARO)

This issue of the SEARO Newsletter, Health in South-East Asia, looks at the theme of World Health Day 2009: health facilities in emergencies. The newsletter focuses on the three key features to risk reduction for health facilities: physical integrity, functionality and preparedness.

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WHO regional web pages on safe hospitals

Around the world, WHO regional offices are working with governments, health workers, academics and other stakeholders to make hospitals safe from disasters.  Go straight to regionally specific information and resources on the following special web pages and websites dedicated to this issue.

WHO Americas Regional Office / Pan American Health Organization (AMRO/PAHO)
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO)
WHO European Regional Office (EURO)

WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO)

WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO)

DiMAG sets future commitments

PANAMA, December 2008. The Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group (DiMAG) is an informal, multidisciplinary group of Latin American and Caribbean experts that provides independent advice to PAHO/WHO and its Member States on a variety of issues related to disaster mitigation and risk reduction in the health sector. It was the DiMAG that originally conceived the idea of the Hospital Safety Index, which is gaining acceptance as a global tool for assessing the likelihood that a hospital can remain functioning in disaster situations.

   At its recent annual meeting, the DiMAG made recommendations on activities to pursue in the coming year and beyond, including developing a sustainable strategy for the Hospital Safety Index that includes training as well as a step-by-step guide for decision makers to improve safety in the design and construction of health facilities.

FOCUS: special issue on keeping health facilities safe from disasters (SEARO)

This issue of FOCUS highlights how crucial it is to make health facilities disaster resilient in order to reduce death and suffering. Protecting critical health facilities from the consequences of disasters is also essential to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

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Global Risk Forum GRF - Circle of discussion

The Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos has created a Special Circle on their platform to discuss the World Health Day 2009 theme of Make hospitals safe in emergencies. The Davos launch of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign "Hospitals Safe from Disasters" brings together inspirational and dedicated leaders from the world of politics, health, research, development, and disaster risk reduction to advocate for how we all can work to reduce risk, protect health facilities and save lives.

It is chaired by Professor Teodoro Herbosa from the University of the Philippines, Manila National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia - UKM). His fields of expertise are Safe Hospitals, Safe Surgery, Mass Casualties, Essential and Emergency Surgical Care.

More information about the platform form the website of Global Risk Forum World Health Day 2009

Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID) website

CRID is an initiative sponsored by six organizations that decided to join efforts to ensure the compilation and dissemination of disaster-related information in Latin America and the Caribbean. Its mission is to promote the development of a culture of prevention in the Latin American and Caribbean countries, through the compilation and dissemination of disaster related information, and the promotion of co-operative efforts to improve risk management in the region. CRID has a section on its website dedicated to the World Disaster Campaign. It includes related documentation, case studies, multimedia, links, contacts, and many more useful resources.
Regional Disaster Information Center
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