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close this bookMitigation of Disasters in Health Facilities: Volume 2: Administrative Issues (PAHO-OPS, 1993, 74 p.)
close this folderChapter 4: Vulnerability of hospitals
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In the case of health facilities it is necessary to evaluate their vulnerability to natural hazards at the local level in order to obtain precise estimates of the degree of risk that they face. Once this type of analysis has been completed, the information obtained allows a decision to be taken on an acceptable level of risk.

A vulnerability analysis could begin with a visual inspection of the facilities and with the preparation of a preliminary evaluation report. Such an inspection makes it possible to identify areas that require attention. The report can be discussed with the consultants and the authorities in charge of the facility with a view to defining priorities and timetables for the work to be carried out. Once the retrofitting program has been designed, other reviews and studies should be carried out in specific areas identified as being in need of modification.