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close this bookDisasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 64 - October, 1995 (PAHO-OPS, 1995, 8 p.)
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Review of publications

Learning About Natural Disasters: Games and Projects for You and Your Friends (Available from the IDNDR Secretariat. UN/DIM. Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; Tel: (41-22) 798-6894; Fax: (41-22) 733-8695; e-mail:

The IDNDR Secretariat produced a children's booklet with lively and colorful illustrations for the 1995 International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It aims to build a "culture of prevention" in our societies, by encouraging children to learn at an early age the links between development, environment and disasters.

It emphasizes contributions that children can make to their communities by participating in activities to protect their community from natural hazards; international exchange, applying ideas tried by other children around the world; and encourages children to complement activities in existing community programs or school curricula. The IDNDR Secretariat would like educators, youth groups, NGOs and those working in disaster management programs to test the booklet with children and write them with their impressions.

Disaster Planning for Health Care Facilities by James A. Hanna, Third Edition. 1995. 374 pp. Available in English for US$69.95 from the Canadian Hospital Association Customer Services. 17 York. Suite 100. Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J6. Canada: Tel: (613) 241-X005: Fax: (613) 241-9481.)

The expanded edition of this book provides comprehensive and practical information on how to plan for most situations faced by health facilities in the event of natural or manmade disasters. A sample of topics included are: the planning phase both for a health care facility and its surrounding community; triage and evacuations; structural and nonstructural considerations for earthquake preparedness; continuity of pharmaceutical and food services and communications; ambulance services. It also addresses events such as hazardous material spills on-site, bomb threats, power outages, and abductions. This is an excellent resource for any hospital staff member or disaster manager.


International Conference on Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities
Mexico City, 26-28 February 1996

PAHO/WHO is organizing an International Conference - Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities - that will take place in Mexico City from 26 to 28 February 1996. The purpose of the Conference is to recommend measures to reduce the vulnerability of health sector infrastructure to risks from earthquakes and hurricanes, and to formulate a regional policy on disaster mitigation for health facilities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Guidelines will be presented for developing cost-effective interventions, comprehensive national programs, and national hospital mitigation plans. The Conference will bring together a cross-sectoral group of specialists and national officials to address technical and policy issues.

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).

The Conference will be conducted in both Spanish and English. Interpretation will be provided for the plenary sessions.

There will be no conference fee, but participants are expected to cover their own expenses. On 29 February, optional field visits will be organized.

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: