Presentation: Safe Hospitals

Risk reduction cannot be sustained by just one profession. It requires a multisectoral focus. The partnership of different skills will determine if critical services are resistant to hazards or not.

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Earthquake in Peru leaves a population without access to health care

In just two minutes, the city of Pisco, Peru lost 97% of its hospital beds to the August 2007 earthquake. Click below to view a slide show--a reminder of why PAHO/WHO Member States are working to reduce vulnerability in all health facilities.

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PAHO Directing Council calls for hospitals safe from disasters

In October 2004, the Pan American Health Organization's 45th Directing Council adopted a resolution urging Member States to adopt 'Hospitals Safe from Disasters' as a national risk reduction policy.

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PAHO/WHO Resolution on disaster-resilient health facilities

The 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, held in October 2007 in Washington, D.C., passed a resolution requesting countries to take political and technical measures to considerably reduce the risk of disasters, thus contributing to the overall safety of hospitals, including the safety of patients and health personnel.

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Tony Gibbs

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

 

 
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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