Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
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PAHO/WHO: Experts study making hospitals safe from disasters
July, more than 100 professionals met in El Salvador at the international
meeting “Hospitals in Disasters: Handle with Care.” The bulk
of the meeting was dedicated to working groups that studied and made recommendations
on three major topic areas:
• Evacuating a hospital may become necessary at some point. But unnecessary evacuation can lead to serious problems, and the group analyzed the consequences of evacuation in terms of politics, social aspects, administration, public assistance, labor, etc. The guide Should Hospitals be Evacuated? Was endorsed and the group formulated additional ecommendations, including: share the decision to evacuate, to the extent possible, with health or government authorities responsible for the affected area and keep in mind that the press will play an important role in generating or dispelling fears about hospital evacuations.
If hospitals must be evacuated, many view mobile field hospitals as a
way to provide
recipients and donor countries, the medical staff and the patients. The WHO/PAHO Guidelines for the Use of Field Hospitals in the Aftermath of Sudden Impact Disasters, prepared for donor and recipient countries, were revised by the group and have now been published.
the publications and guidelines can be consulted at: