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Virtual Journey through a Safe Hospital

Multimedia Training Program on Hospitals Safe from Disasters (PAHO)

 PAHO/WHO has developed a multimedia training programme on disaster risk reduction and safe hospitals. The Virtual Journey through a safe hospital combines video, 2- and 3-D animation, images and sound to make the learning experience much more versatile and easy to use. The virtual hospital DVD includes a library where support materials – text, videos, PowerPoint presentations, etc. – can be consulted and downloaded, making this an excellent tool for self-study, Internet-based distance learning or classroom use by knowledgeable instructors.

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Health Library for Disasters (PAHO)

HELID is the most complete electronic information resource on public health for emergency preparedness and response and complex emergencies. HELID was an inter-agency effort, to which more than 20 international organizations contributed, including UN agencies, the Red Cross movement, the Sphere Project and other non-governmental and national agencies.   

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What is a 'Safe Hospital'?

This 15-minute program promotes the concept and strategy of Hospitals Safe from Disasters--the theme of the UN/ISDR - WHO World Disaster Reduction Campaign for 2008-09. This is an issue of universal concern, extending beyond the health sector. The program explains what makes a hospital safe and why this must become everyone's priority. Click below to view a short clip. To request a DVD, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities

Wind effects
Technical information on the effects caused by hurricanes in the structural and non-structural elements of health facilities, as well as basic mitigation aspects. 


The WHO e-Atlas of disaster risk for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO)

The e-Atlas uses geographic information systems and various disaster models to assist disaster management decision-makers, particularly those in the Member States of this Region regularly experiencing disasters, to reduce health risks to vulnerable populations due to emergencies and health crises. This tool can be used to help predict the magnitude of a disaster on a specific population, to assess where damage might be the greatest and to forecast specific resources which may be required.

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Davos launch of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign - January 25 2008

Campaign trailer, and video interviews with Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Walter Fust of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, UN Under-Secretary-General John Holmes, WHO ADG Dr Ala Alwan, and Mary Robinson, on why it is important to make hospitals safe from disasters.

Tony Gibbs

2007 Sasakawa Award recipient
On building safer hospitals and private-public partnership, at the 2007 Global Platform. Courtesy of Preventionweb


Disaster Mitigation in Health Care Facilities

15 minutes
This DVD presents the Latin American and Caribbean countries’ existing vulnerability to disasters (especially earthquakes and hurricanes) and the advances achieved towards implementing appropriate mitigation measures. There is particular emphasis on the long road ahead to reducing health care facilities' extreme vulnerability and ensuring that they can continue to adequately function following a hurricane or earthquake.

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