Newsletter Actualidad | November 2012

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First visit by the CRID project in support of the Colombian Ministry of Health Disaster Office
Hospital Response to Massive Emergencies and Disasters
CRICS9 closed with important advances
CNE promotes new publications
First national diagnostic on communications in disaster risk management in Peru
News briefs
New publications
Courses and events

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Newsletter / November 2012


First visit by the CRID project in support of the Colombian Ministry of Health Disaster Office

For several years, the Regional Centre on Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) has been collaborating with the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), in implementing activities to support the disaster offices in the ministries of health in Latin America.

Within the framework of this collaboration, during 2012-2013 CRID will support the Office of Territorial Management, Emergencies and Disasters at the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection.

This collaboration began with CRID’s first working visit to Colombia, carried out during the beginning of November. During this visit, CRID met with officials from the Ministry of Health and the PAHO/WHO representative in Colombia.

The project to support the disaster office at the Colombian Ministry of Health is aimed at strengthening risk reduction information management capabilities. Among the activities that will be carried out, a systematisation of the information resources produced by the office stands out, as well as training the personnel on the use of the tools used by CRID for information management as well as the creation of a portable virtual library on health and emergency and disaster response in Colombia.

This experience also seeks to stimulate and foster spaces for the interchange and strengthening among other initiatives working at the national level on information and health themes, such as the Virtual Library on Health (BVS), in order to integrate topics regarding emergencies and disasters into the BVS in Colombia.

For more information, please contact Irene Céspedes ( and Isabel López (

Hospital Response to Massive Emergencies and Disasters
Second News Break on “Massive Emergency Response in Urban Contexts”

Hospitals face two critical conditions during disaster and massive emergency situations. First, there may be a significant increase in the demand for health services; and beyond that, the hospital infrastructure, systems and equipment themselves may also be affected to a certain extent. According to the magnitude of the flows of affected people towards the hospital and the impact that the disaster has on its operations, there will be a proportional disruption in the provision and continuity of its services.

Actions aimed at prevention, mitigation and preparedness in order to have disaster-safe hospitals make for a reduced possibility of dysfunction in these centres and, at the same time, enhance their capabilities for caring for the victims. The three factors: prevention, mitigation and preparedness become key aspects in reducing the effects of disasters on the affected populations.

See the complete News Break here.


CRICS9 closed with important advances in scientific and technical information management in eHealth

From 22 through 24 October, in Washington, D.C., United States, the 9th Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information -CRICS9- was organized by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and its Latin American and Caribbean Centre for Health Sciences Information (BIREME). The event brought together approximately 400 attendees from 30 countries, who analysed and exchanged information on programs, projects, systems and scientific information and communication networks on health throughout the region.

Among the activities that were provided, two panels on information, emergencies and disasters stand out, which focused on aspects such as communications, social networks, strengthening of capacity and tools for information management in emergencies and disasters. Representatives from the Area on Preparedness for Emergency Situations and Assistance in Cases of Disaster from (PED/PAHO) and the Regional Centre on Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) were participants; in the case of the latter organisation, they did so in two conferences that dealt with, among other aspects, CRID’s trajectory in developing specialised information products and services.

In a similar vein, there were encounters at the event among members of the Latin American Network of Risk Management Information Centres (RELACIGER) from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Peru. This organisation has enjoyed support from CRID and the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) for more than 10 years. They took advantage of the opportunity to hold a meeting aimed at exchanging information on the projects that they are carrying out and the future of the Network..

Visit the CRICS9 site here.

CNE promotes new publications

In an important effort to respond to different demands for information for the study of risk management in Costa Rica, the Documentation Centre at the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE) has made two new publications available to the public. They deal with risk management, in order to offer contextual and analytical elements on this field of endeavour. These documents are the most recent issue of the journal Entorno a la Prevención and an historical register of events that have caused significant damage in Costa Rica.

Revista Entorno a la Prevención provides interesting general technical notes and articles that allow a greater awareness that benefits risk management and the development sectors involved. Download the Journal here.

Histórico de desastres y en Costa Rica (Febrero 1723 – Setiembre 2012) is a chronological compilation of natural and anthropic events including the origin of the occurrences, their consequences, definitions, characteristics, images and maps regarding the different events that occurred. Download this publication here.


DIPECHO Programme Partners in Peru present the first national diagnostic on communications in disaster risk management

With the title “Enfrentando Riesgos de Desastres”, the institutions participating in the VII Plan of Action 2011-2012 in Peru, with financing from the Department of Humanitarian Assistance and Civil Protection of the European Commission (ECHO), presented a study that compiles the perceptions, attitudes and behaviours of the population at the national level in the face of risks and disasters.

The research and systematisation were carried out between October 2011 and September 2012 and outline a qualitative study from the perspective of communications for development. Their purpose was to generate testimony from the social players themselves, and based on that, to draft a Communications Strategy for Disaster Risk Management, which would be in tune with the experience of Peru’s diverse populations and a cooperative effort by all the sectors involved: governments, communities and social organisations.

This publication may be found here.



Virtual Conference at
Recently, the portal at DESAPRENDER.ORG offered a video conference on “Tratamiento del agua a nivel domiciliario”, given by Omar Robinson, who is a specialist on this topic at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. More…

Consultation Framework (HFA)
As is well known, UNISDR has undertaken a process of consultation in an effort to compile inputs for the preparation of a post-2015 framework for action on risk reduction and increased resiliency in the face of disasters. This consultation process is of an open nature and involves a broad range of players from different administrative and territorial levels, as well as representatives from different sectors of civil society. More…

Rescue Workers of America fine-tunes their technical standards for disaster response in Costa Rica
Rescue Workers from 17 counties in the Americas completed the 11th Meeting of the INSARAG-Las Americas Group in Costa Rica, convinced that they had improved the international technical standards for search and rescue groups, to achieve a more efficient and agile response in disaster response. More…

Experts debated on disasters and emergency medicine at the 4th Pan American Conference
From 15 through 17 October, the 4th Pan American Conference of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM) met in Leesburg (Virginia, United States) with the topical theme: “Building health science in disasters: from terminology to practice”. More…

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You can have access to a collection of more than 19.000 information resources on risk management through the CRID website. To consult other publications of interest for you, visit our web .

Enfrentando riesgos y desastres: Percepciones, actitudes y comportamientos de la población de costa, sierra y selva frente a riesgos y desastres en regiones seleccionadas del Plan de Acción DIPECHO 2011-2012 en Perú. (2012)
Úrsula, Elsa y otros

Histórico de desastres en Costa Rica (Febrero 1713 – Setiembre 2012). (2012)

Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE)

Guía de implementación análisis de vulnerabilidad a nivel municipal. (2012)
Ecuador. Secretaría Nacional de Gestión de Riesgos (SNGR); Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD). Oficina Ecuador

Guía para análisis de amenazas, vulnerabilidades y capacidades "AVC" con la participación de niñas, niños y adolescentes para el contexto urbano: Mis primeros pasos en la gestión de riesgo. (2012)
Plan Internacional Ecuador

Crisis Standards of Care: A Systems Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response. (2012)
Dan Hanfling y otros

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities: National Standards for State and Local Planning. (2012)
Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Sistemas de salud en Suramérica: desafíos para la universalidad la integralidad y la equidad. (2012)
Ligia Giovanella y otros



Ciudades y Cambio Climático
Date: 19 – 21 november
Place: Colombia (Bogotá)
Organize: Alcaldía Mayor de Bogotá D.C.

Taller Nacional de Riesgo en Entornos Urbanos
Date: 20 – 22 november
Place: Costa Rica (Puntarenas)
Organize: Cruz Roja Costarricense, Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE)

Atelier final du projet SHOCS
Date: 21 – 22 november
Place: Trinidad y Tobago (Puerto España)
Organize: Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

Curso regional “Integrando la Reducción de Riesgos y Adaptación al Cambio Climático en el ciclo de proyectos de agua y saneamiento”
Date: 20– 23 november
Place: Nicaragua (Managua)
Organize: SICA, wiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Cooperación Suiza en América Central (SDC)

XXe réunion du comité spécial pour la réduction des risques de catastrophes
Date: 22 – 23 november
Place: Trinidad y Tobajo (Puerto España)
Organize: Association of Caribbean States (ACS)

Plataforma Regional para la Reducción de Desastres en las Américas – 2012
Date: 26 – 28 de november
Place: Chile (Santiago de Chile)
Organize: Oficina de las Naciones Unidas para la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres

I Congreso Internacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastre
Date: 26 – 30 november
Place: Cuba (La Habana)
Organize: Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría

Conference and advanced school on quantification of earthquake hazards in the Caribbean: The Gonave microplate
Date: 10 – 17 december
Place: Cuba (Santiago de Cuba) 
Organize: International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)

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