Regional Health Forum – vol. 13 no. 1, 2009 (SEARO)

The first five articles in this edition of the Regional Health Forum are based on the theme of World Health Day 2009: Health Facilities in Emergencies. The articles discuss the theme and its various aspects such as: methodologies for assessing structural and non-structural vulnerability of health facilities; community involvement and multi-stakeholder participation; health workforce preparedness; and the critical role of primary health care in disaster risk reduction.

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FOCUS: special issue on keeping health facilities safe from disasters (SEARO)

This issue of FOCUS highlights how crucial it is to make health facilities disaster resilient in order to reduce death and suffering. Protecting critical health facilities from the consequences of disasters is also essential to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

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Health in South-East Asia – vol. 2 no. 1, April 2009 (SEARO)

This issue of the SEARO Newsletter, Health in South-East Asia, looks at the theme of World Health Day 2009: health facilities in emergencies. The newsletter focuses on the three key features to risk reduction for health facilities: physical integrity, functionality and preparedness.

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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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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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Hospitals should be safe from disasters (WPRO)

This manual is a project of the Pilipino Department of Health-Health Emergency Management Staff and National Center for Health Facility Development, with support from the Association of Hospital Administrators and the WHO.

Hospitals should be safe from disasters

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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Health facility seismic vulnerability evaluation (EURO)

This project, carried out with the collaboration and financial support of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, aims to develop simple integrated procedures to enable hospital administrators to perform a preliminary qualitative/ quantitative) hospital vulnerability assessment, identify possible weak elements in the facility and set priorities for further in-depth investigations and possible mitigation measures.

Health facility seismic vulnerability evaluation

Seismic safety of non-structural elements and contents of hospital buildings (SEARO)

These guidelines, part of the Disaster Risk Management document series prepared under the Government of India-UNDP DRM Programme, address non-structural damage and vulnerability during an earthquake. In hospitals, non-structural elements may account for up to 80–90% of the total facility value.

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