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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