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News from PAHO/WHO

Workshop on Joint Civilian-Military Public Health Humanitarian Interventions

In early March, PAHO/WHO will sponsor a workshop in Arn Prior, Canada, to examine the public health role of foreign military forces in humanitarian assistance operations, based on recent experiences in the Caribbean. The objectives of the workshop are to promote early dialogue and planning between the military and civilian sectors of humanitarian relief operations in the Americas, increase public health benefits from military humanitarian interventions, and discuss alternative interventions.

Case studies will focus on operations in Haiti, and the role of foreign military in providing assistance after Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn.

For conclusions reached at the workshop, please contact the editor of this newsletter.

HELP '96

Health Emergencies in Large Populations is a course intended for health professionals who may be called upon to deal with disaster situations. This year, the University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine is hosting the course in Honolulu, from 29 April to 17 May 1996, with the sponsorship of the International Committee of the Red Cross and PAHO/WHO. Applications should be sent to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Medical Division, HELP'96-UH, 19 avenue de la Paix, 1202 Geneva, Switzerland; Tel: (022) 730-2810; Fax: (022) 733-9674.

Diploma in Emergency Management

The World Health Organization and University of Geneva are organizing the International Diploma Course in Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management from 2 to 28 June 1996 in Geneva. It is designed to cover a wide range of issues, including: epidemiology of major emergencies, search and rescue, first aid, disaster medicine, logistics management, public health aspects of emergencies, and international resource mobilization. Those interested in applying from Latin America or the Caribbean should submit their applications through the country PAHO/WHO Representatives to WHO/HQ, Division of Emergency and Humanitarian Action/Emergency Preparedness Unit by 15 March 1996. No financial assistance is available for individuals in this Region. For more information please contact, DHA/EPP, WHO, 20, Ave. Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; Fax: (41-22) 791-4844.

Final Announcement - International Conference on Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities

Mexico City
26-28 February 1996

PAHO/WHO is organizing the International Conference - Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities - which will take place in Mexico City from 26 to 28 February 1996. The agenda includes the presentation of case studies on the impact of disasters on the health sector in Latin America and the Caribbean, policies on structural, nonstructural and organizational aspects of mitigation, and policies on financing. Guidelines will be presented for developing cost-effective interventions, comprehensive national programs, and national hospital mitigation plans.

Co-sponsors of the Conference include: the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior of Mexico, the Regional Office of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR), World Bank, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Organization of American States (OAS).

For more information please contact: Pan American Health Organization, Emergency Preparedness Program, 525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, USA, Tel: (202) 861-4324; Fax: (202) 775-4578; e-mail: