Internacional para la Reducción de Desastres
América Latina y el Caribe
Revista EIRD Informa - América Latina y el Caribe
Socios en Acción
June 23-26, 2003, a workshop entitled “Universities in the face
of Disasters” was held in the city of Neuquen, Patagonia, Argentina.
The event was organized by the School of Health and Environment (ESSA)
of the Comahue National University. Representatives of other universities
were also invited, including the National University of Southern Patagonia
(Santa Cruz), the National University of La Pampa (UNLP), the National
Technological University (UTN) of Huincul Plaza, Neuquen; the National
University of Cuyo (Mendoza), and especially the Regional UTN of Santa
Fe, who referred to the recent and dramatic experience regarding the
floods occurred in that region in April and May, 2003.
The opening session
was held at the Magna room of the Comahue National University, and
the participation of university authorities
and Dr. Juan Manuel Sotelo (representative of PAHO/WHO in Argentina).
Dr. Morales Soto addressed the participants and talked about "Disasters
in America Latina". This conference was followed by a debate, which
was also open to the community at large. On June 24, Mr. Rudy Grether,
from UTN Santa Fe, presented on "the Tragedy of Floods" in
that province. His presentation was also open to the public.
• Promote the
creation of the Disasters Unit at the Comahue National University,
this experience in other academic centers throughout