WHO e-Atlas of Disaster Risk for the Eastern Mediterranean Region

WHO-EMRO, 2008. The World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean presents the WHOe-Atlas of disaster risk for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Volume 1: Exposure to natural hazards. 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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ISDR-Biblio: Health, Disasters and Risk, January 2008

UNISDR, 2008. ISDR-Biblio 3 addresses the protection of health facilities in order to ensure they can function during and in the aftermath of disasters. It also contains additional literature on health and disaster risk; disaster and emergency management; health facilities and services; environment, impact on health; climate change effects on health; mental health; mitigation and preparedness; public health; water and sanitation; and gender and health.

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Guidelines on Non-Structural Safety in Health Facilities

WHO-EHA Nepal & Ministry of Health of Nepal, 2004.  These guidelines contain a discussion of the essential role of health services immediately following a medium or large-scale earthquake, and an outline of the possible threat to lives and functionality of the health facilities stemming from damage to non-structural components. Most importantly, the guidelines contain a series of illustrated mitigation measures that are low-cost and easy to implement as part of the day-to-day maintenance of health facilities.

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Posters: Advocating for change from the Americas

Policy changes that lead to improving the resiliency of hospitals and health facilities require advocacy and outreach. PAHO/WHO has created these posters for that purpose.

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Earthquakes and Hospitals 2: Risk Reduction

This program shows actions that nedd to be taken to mitigate earthquake risk in order to reduce hospital vulnerability. 

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Earthquakes and Hospitals 1: Effects and Emergency Measures

29 slides - in Spanish only
General information about the effects of earthquakes in terms of loss of life, material losses and basic emergency measures that a hospital needs to take before a high-magnitude earthquake. 

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Hospital Safety

44 slides - in Spanish only
This program describes safety measures for hospitals and health centers in case of disaster. The script offers guidelines to initiate a safety plan for the hospital and describes the different areas that need to be covered. 

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Risk Analysis for Hospital Design in Seismic Areas

It is necessary to reduce vulnerability in order to ensure that hospitals maintain their operation capacity during and after earthquakes. This publication has opinions from experts, shows examples and experiences in Latin America, and includes recommendations to put mitigation measures into practice.

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Evaluation Guidelines for Disaster Preparedness in the Health Sector

These guidelines provide a practical look for the evaluation of the most important aspects of health sector preparedness in the face of disaster situations. It brings evaluation norms, activities to be carried out, and technical recommendations to strengthen natural disaster preparedness and response programs. 

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