Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of a Key Health Facility in FYR Macedonia: a handbook

WHO-EURO & IZIIS-Skopje, 2007. The World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, (WHO-EURO) Copenhagen, Denmark and the Section for Risk, Disaster Management and Strategic Planning (RDM) at the Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology (IZIIS-Skopje), University “St. Cyril and Methodius”, Skopje, have launched this Health facility seismic Vulnerability Evaluation method.

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Health facility seismic vulnerability evaluation: A handbook

WHO-EURO, 2006. This project, carried out with the collaboration and financial support of the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO), aims to develop simple integrated procedures that will enable hospital administrators to perform a preliminary (qualitative/quantitative) hospital vulnerability assessment, to identify possible weak elements in the facility and the main aspects of vulnerability, and to set priorities for further in-depth investigations and possible mitigation measures.

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Poster: Hospitals Should be Safe from Disasters

This poster, produced by the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific, highlights humanitarian and emergency aspects of the need for safe hospitals.

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Field Manual for Capacity Assessment of Health Facilities in Responding to Emergencies

WHO-WPRO, 2006. This manual serves as an updated second edition to the 1999 WHO publication Protocol Assessment of Health Facilities in Responding to Emergencies. It is a management tool for health professionals evaluating the preparedness of their respective health facilities for dealing with disasters. The field manual contains a series of evaluation checklists to help practitioners carry out assessments of preparedness for both general and specific emergencies.

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WHO regional web pages on safe hospitals

Around the world, WHO regional offices are working with governments, health workers, academics and other stakeholders to make hospitals safe from disasters.  Go straight to regionally specific information and resources on the following special web pages and websites dedicated to this issue.

WHO Americas Regional Office / Pan American Health Organization (AMRO/PAHO)
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO)
WHO European Regional Office (EURO)

WHO South East Asia Regional Office (SEARO)

WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO)

Presentation: Disaster risk reduction in health facilities

This presentation looks at the case of Nepal's collaboration between the Government, NSET and the WHO over structural, non-structural, and functional vulnerabilities of health institutions.  It includes useful information on vulnerability assessments and practical examples. 

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Posters: Safe Hospitals in South East Asia

Six posters for the Hospitals Safe from Disasters Campaign have been adapted by WHO-South East Asia Regional Office, covering key messages from the campaign and regionally relevant cases for safer health facilities.

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Regional Consultation of SEAR Members Countries on Keeping Health Facilities Safe from Disasters

15-17 April 2008, comprehensive collection of proceedings from the Regional Consultation carried out by WHO-South East Asia Regional Office, in  New Delhi, India, including extensive regional presentations, background papers, case studies and background information.


A secure and disaster-resilient health sector in the Americas: PAHO Strategic Plan 2008-2012

The following strategic plan for a secure and disaster-resilient health sector in the Americas establishes a clear vision and delineates the Pan-American Health Organization`s priorities of reducing disaster risk and mitigating the impact of disasters on the population`s health and well-being. Disaster risk reduction is not the concern of any one single entity within PAHO but rather it is now a corporate priority.

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