Health, Disasters and Risk
Public health
Title: PAHO in the 21st Century: leadership and cooperation in public health
Author(s): By the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Source: PAHO, 2006
Pages: 54 p.
Abstract: Strengthening cooperation in public health is critical to providing a better response to countries’ needs and promoting Health for All, tackling the unfinished agenda, protecting achievements, and facing new challenges. PAHO has turned this priority into concrete action for the mobilization of greater resources for health, efforts that made it possible for budgetary income to reach record levels of voluntary contributions in the 2004-2005 biennium. This priority can also be seen in the design of the regional program budget policy, in the support to the countries to gain access to the growing resources available in global initiatives, and in the development of partnerships with other entities and organizations.
Title: Public health impact of disasters: Australian Journal of Emergency Management, volume 15, issue 3
Author(s): By Kimberley I. Shoaf, Steven J. Rottman,
Source: Emergency Management Australia (EMA), 2000
Pages: 6 p.
Abstract: Natural and man made disasters have the direct and indirect impact on the health of the population, resulting in physical trauma, acute disease and emotional trauma along with increase in the morbidity and mortality associated with chronic diseases. A public health sector, which conducts routine surveillance, good immunisation coverage, maintains adequate environmental control is recommended to withstand the increased need following a disaster, while also expecting the health system to be prepared to resist the disaster.
Title: Public health response to extreme weather and climate events, working paper: Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, Budapest, Hungary, 23–25 June 2004
Author(s): By the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe (WHO/EURO)
Source: WHO/EURO, 2004
Pages: 6 p.
Abstract: Severe floods, windstorms, heat-waves and cold-waves have caused dramatic political, social, environmental and health consequences in Europe over the past few years. In response to these events, ministries of health and other public health authorities, along with national and international meteorological services and organizations, are focusing increased attention on developing appropriate strategies and measures to prevent health effects from extreme weather and climate events in the future. Efforts are being made to understand the lessons learnt from recent events, to evaluate the effectiveness of the measures taken and early warning systems in place, and to use the knowledge gained to target future activities. The recent events have also increased interest in whether the intensity and frequency of future extreme weather and climate events could be expected to change as one result of a changing climate.
Title: The world health report 2007: a safer future, global public health security in the 21st century
Author(s): By the World Health Organization (WHO)
Source: WHO, 2007
Pages: 72 p.
Abstract: The World Health Report 2007 is dedicated to promoting global public health security – the reduced vulnerability of populations to acute threats to health. This year’s World Health Day, celebrated in April, launched WHO’s discussion on global public health security. Around the world, academics, students, health professionals, politicians and the business community are engaged in dialogue on how to protect the world from threats like pandemic influenza, the health consequences of conflict and natural disasters, and bioterrorism. The World Health Report 2007 addresses these issues, among others, in the context of new tools for collective defence, including, most notably, the revised international health regulations (2005). These Regulations are an international legal instrument designed to achieve maximum security against the international spread of diseases. They also aim to reduce the international impact of public health emergencies.