|Disasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 47 - July, 1991 (Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) / Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), 1991, 8 p.)|
New WHO European Center
A WHO European Center for Environment and Health is being established with offices in Bilthoven, Netherlands and in Rome. A small unit at WHO'S Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen will coordinate an international staff of ten at each site. The Center will strengthen collaboration among European countries on the health aspects of environmental protection, with special emphasis on information systems, mechanisms for exchanging experiences, and coordinating studies. For more information write Dr. J. Ian Waddington, Programme Coordinator, European Centre for Environment and Health, 8 Scherfigsvej, Copenhagen, Denmark.
WHO World Health Day Video
In celebration of World Health Day, WHO'S Division of Emergency Relief Operations produced a 20-minute general awareness video, Before Disaster Strikes, that highlights the key role of the health sector in disaster situations. Sequences cover the long-term health emergency that refugees face in the Horn of Africa, community preparedness for cyclones in the south of India, the impact of the Mexico earthquake on health facilities in that nation's capital, and the long-term consequences of the chemical disaster in Bhopal. The video crew of PAHO's Department of Information and Public Affairs travelled to Africa and India to film the magnificent images contained in this Program. But then, they are old hands at disaster coverage, having travelled to the site of every major disaster in the Americas since 1985.
Readers in the U.S. can purchase Before Disaster Strikes from the WHO Publications Center, 49 Sheridan Avenue, Albany, NY (518) 436-9686. Readers in other countries may order through the WHO publications agent in their county or through Distribution and Sales, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland.
Disaster Documentation Center
PAHO's Disaster Documentation Center in San Jose, Costa Rica, has published the first volume of its periodic bulletin: DESINDEX. Disaster Bibliography. The bibliography references the first 1,000 documents included in the Center's database, which forms the basis for identifying and requesting information.
In publishing this bulletin, the Center hopes update disaster professionals - organizations, individuals, students - concerning available reference information and how they may request it. Each entry in the bulletin lists author, title, publisher, and subject headings; most entries contain a summary of the content, written in the language of the publication. To date, almost 60% of the classified documents are in Spanish.
DESINDEX will be published every six months. To receive
Volume 1 of DESINDEX write, to the Centro de Documentación de Desastres,
Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Apartado 3745, San José, Costa Rica.