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close this bookDisasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 32 - October, 1987 (PAHO)
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News from PAHO/WHO

Multi-program Field Training Sessions

Disaster preparedness and prevention are important tasks-too important to be the sole responsibility of the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Program. Because PAHO's Member Countries recognize this, several technical programs have joined efforts and organized meetings with their field staff to establish mechanisms for including emergency preparedness activities in the technical cooperation activities of these professionals. In early October, professionals from the Maternal and Child Health Program and Health Services Development will meet in San Jose, Costa Rica. Later in October epidemiologists and statisticians will meet in Caracas, Venezuela to discuss ways in which epidemiological surveillance and information systems can also include information on risks from natural disasters and other emergencies. Finally, sanitary engineers will meet in November in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Many PAHO professionals in this field have provided valuable support to the countries both in the preparation of contingency plans for water supply systems as well as in preparedness training activities. This interprogram coordination is a most positive step. toward ensuring that PAHO's Member Countries take full advantage of the Organization's well-trained professional staff.

WHO/Indonesia Disaster Workshop

WHO and the Government of Indonesia are organizing a week-long workshop on disaster preparedness and health management to be held in Jakarta from 2-6 November. An estimated 100 participants from a number of countries worldwide will attend the workshop whose format includes general lectures, panel discussions and work groups. Lectures will feature WHO global and regional activities; the epidemiology of disasters in the Caribbean; the use of satellites in disaster monitoring; and several country profiles of disaster preparedness and management. Panel discussions will focus on public health and medical management aspects; community participation and environmental management. For further information contact Dr. H. Abdul Radjak, Chief Sub Directorate for Emergency and Evacuation Services, Ministry of Health, Jl. Percetakan Negara 23 A, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Facsimile Network
Several new facsimile numbers have been added to the Regional network throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to facilitate communication during disaster situations. Keep these numbers handy to contact any PAHO personnel, both at headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in the field

PAHO/WHO Emergency Center, Washington, D.C

(202) 775-4745

Pan Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Project, St. John's, Antigua

(809) 462-4431

PAHO/WHO, San Jose, Costa Rica


PAHO/WHO, Lima, Peru


Caribbean Program Coordination Bridgetown, Barbados

(809) 429-4445

New Audiovisual Material

The Pan American Health Organization has just released several new slide programs-Emergency Health Management of Environmental Health and Water Supply; Prehospital Medical Care in Disaster Situations; and Hospital Medical Care in Disaster Situations. For a complete description and information on ordering, see the box "New Slide Series"


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