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close this bookInternational Health Relief Assistance (PAHO, 1986, 32 pages)
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View the documentConsultation with Health Authorities and International Agencies
View the documentAssessment of Health Needs
View the documentDonation of Equipment and Supplies
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View the documentRole of international agencies
View the documentAppeals for international assistance
View the documentDisaster management
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View the documentResolutions Approved by the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization

Role of international agencies

Full use should be made of the clearinghouse function of UNDRO and PAHO/ WHO to inform donors of pledged contributions and determine genuine outstanding health needs.


The Participants

The Participants,

Taking note of the mandates of UNDRO and PAHO/WHO and the extensive material developed by them; and

Appreciative of the increased coordination which is taking place among agencies before and after disasters in Latin America,

Recommend that:

1. The disaster-affected country and the international community, to avoid duplication, make full use of the clearinghouse function of UNDRO and PAHO WHO in order to inform other donors of pledged contributions and determine genuine outstanding health needs.

2. Agencies provide technical cooperation m joint assessment of needs.

3. PAHO/WHO, in cooperation with other donor agencies and experts in the Region, continue establishing technical guidelines for international health assistance in case of disaster and disseminate them to countries/ agencies willing to offer emergency relief.