Newsletter Actualidad | February 2013

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In this edition...

•   Digital Journal “En Torno a la Prevención” now available on-line
•   On-Line Video-Forum “Floods and Livestock Risks”
•   Medical Science and Risk Management Professionals to meet in Havana, Cuba
•   Risk Communication Workshop
•   Fourth Session of the Global Platform for DRR
•   Carissa Etienne, took over direction of PAHO-WHO on the 1st of February
•   Brazil launches the Knowledge Centre for Public Health and Disasters in Portuguese
•   Report from the Latin American Forum on DRR avaiable
•   News briefs
•   New publications
•   Courses and events

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Newsletter / February 2013


Digital Journal “En Torno a la Prevención” now available on-line

The information centre at the Costa Rican National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE), is pleased to offer the electronic version of the journal En Torno a la Prevención(“About Prevention”). It is a technical-scientific publication that was first published in 2003 in order to disseminate knowledge, good practices, news and information with original articles on disaster prevention.

The digital journal is available at a specially designed web site for this publication, allowing access to PDF versions of all issues published to date. In order to provide easy reading and access to other content and constituent aspects, it also offers individual access to the collection of published articles, indices of authors and topics, image gallery and indications for authors interested in publishing articles, among other sections.

The new version of the journal was presented to the Costa Rican National Risk Prevention and Emergency Response community on the 14th of this month, taking advantage of an interactive activity that allowed the participants to learn in greater detail about the journal.

The appearance on-line of this product falls within the actions promoted by the National Library of Medicine of the United States (NLM) -in coordination with the Regional Centre on Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO)- in the heart of RELACIGER, a Network that currently brings together sixteen information centres in Central and South America specialising in disaster risk management topics.

We invite you to visit the journal’s web site at the following link

For further information, please contact Sheily Vallejos,

On-Line Video-Forum “Floods and Livestock Risks: Protecting our Livelihood, Surviving the Flood”

The World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) invites you to participate in the on-line forum: “Floods and Livestock Risk: Protecting our Livelihood, Surviving the Flood”, conceived as an open space for different players, local government representatives, central governments, community organisations, private enterprise, academe and civil defence agencies, sharing challenges, and successful cases that they have faced with regard to care for productive animals and pets in rural and urban floods.

The Forum will be carried out virtually from 18 February through 15 March on the DESAPRENDER. platform. The discussions will develop around four topical axes: i) rural floods, ii) floods in urban contexts, iii) financial support systems, iv) relative value of productive animals according to dependence and the socio-economic status of their owners.

Forum web side address:

More information with Eugenia Morales, /


Medical Science and Risk Management Professionals to meet in Havana, Cuba, 20-23 March

With the motto: Towards Disaster Reduction, for a Safe Future the Latin American Disaster Medicine Centre in Cuba (CLAMED) will hold its second congress this coming March: “Health and Disasters”; which has generated broad and ample positive acceptance and international participation since its first version.

The event will be both multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial in character, bringing together health professionals, technicians and directors and other professionals linked to the disaster milieu and its relationship to health.  The event programme includes, among others the topics of climate change and health, community and disasters, safe health institutions, emergency medicine and health, pandemics and large epidemics, information management and risk communication, logistics and supply management.

For more information, please contact Guillermo Mesa Ridel, (, President of the Organising Committee.

More information here.

Risk Communication Workshop unites risk management coordinators and communicators from Central America and the Dominican Republic

In order to strengthen the capabilities of the professionals that make up the Regional Network of Communicators and the members of the Technical Commission on Risk Management from the Health Sector (CTGERS) from Central America and the Dominican Republic, the Regional Workshop on Risk Communication was held in Panama from 4 through 6 February 2013.

This workshop forms a part of the activities contemplated in the Central American Plan for Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Public Health Emergencies, approved last December, during the 37th Session of the Council of Ministers of Health from Central America and the Dominican Republic.

The encounter included the participation of those responsible for health communications and promotion at the Ministries of Health and Social Security Institutions in Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Panama, as well as the risk management coordinators from the region; it was possible thanks to technical support from the Emergency and Disaster Programme at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) together with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Regional Office for Central America (CDC CAR).

Throughout the workshop, the participants provided their experiences related to the communication and management of information during past emergencies and analysed the lessons learned. This encounter allowed the establishment of collaborative ties among the network of communicators and CTGERS and thus contributed to draft a strategy and a common working plan in the face of future emergencies.

More information at:


Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 19 - 23 May 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction was established in 2007 as a biennial forum where representatives from different sectors committed to disaster risk reduction and community and national resilience, such as government, academe, the private sector, civil society and international organisations participate.

Next May, the Fourth Session will be held; the objective is to propose a new global framework for disaster risk reduction, as well as the follow-up of the resolutions and commitments assumed in previous meetings and the advances achieved in the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

In respect of this session, in recent declarations, Ms Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR, emphasised the importance of being the last before the world decides on a new framework for disaster risk reduction at the next World Conference in 2015 in Japan.

Links of interest:

Carissa Etienne, from Dominica, took over direction of PAHO-WHO on the 1st of February

Last 19 September, Doctor Carissa Faustina Etienne, a citizen of Dominica, was elected by the Member States of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) as the new Director of that Organisation.

With a long trajectory in Public Health, Dr. Etienne has led efforts to renew primary health care around the world and to strengthen health systems based on this kind of care. She has also worked in the preparation and implementation of policy options and strategies to achieve universal health care coverage. At PAHO, she promoted the development of a regional strategy for a health care system based on primary care, as well as drafting policies to enhance health for women and children.

More information here.


Brazil launches the Knowledge Centre for Public Health and Disasters in Portuguese

Brazil now has its own Knowledge Centre for Public Health and Disasters. Based on the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO/WHO) Knowledge Center -available in English and Spanish- the Portuguese version for Brazil has been developed by the Sergio Arauca National School of Public Health (ENSP/FIOCRUZ).

The new site is the result of close collaboration between the ENSP, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) and PAHO/WHO. The Portuguese version of the Knowledge Center has been adapted for Brazil, and takes the main concepts of the original site and incorporates scientific production, guides and manuals that Brazil has produced in this area.

The Site is available at the following link:

Report from the Latin American Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Education now available

The United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA/LAC) recently published the report from the Latin American Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction in Higher Education. The publication documents the activities carried out, articles presented and results obtained from this event that was held in August 2012 in Panama City, Panama.

With this Forum, USAID/OFDA/LAC has commenced specific activities to support the Region in continuing to promote the topic of disaster risk reduction and education in the academic sector. In a similar vein, this forms a part of the three events organised, whose thematic axes dealt with the topic from a broad perspective that covered pre-school education, basic education and, in a general manner, higher education.

Download the publication here.



Costa Rican launch of the Global Campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready”
This event will bring together 36 mayors from around the country and will be held in San José this coming 21 February. It has been organised by the Mayor of the Municipality of San José, the Costa Rican National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE) and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). More information with Margarita Villalobos ( and Lorena Romero ( More…

Call for Nominations for the 2013 United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2013 United Nations Sasakawa Award for DRR, a prestigious prize that is possible thanks to the Nippon Foundation from Japan. More…

Course in disaster risk reduction and sustainable local development for 2013
The course "Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Local Development”, 2013 Edition, which is available in Spanish and English is a flexible programme where the participant may elect to either enrol in only the distance phase or, the combined option that includes the distance course plus a two-week residential phase at the ITC/ILO Campus in Turin, Italy. 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.

Haiti Earthquake Reconstruction: Knowledge Notes from DRM Global Expert Team for the Government of Haiti
Banco Mundial, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Foro Latinoamericano de Reducción del Riesgo de Desastre en la Educación: Memorias del evento. (2012)
Oficina de Asistencia para Desastres Agencia para el Desarrollo Internacional de los Estados Unidos (USAID/OFDA)

Lineamientos para evaluar la vulnerabilidad de la salud frente al cambio climático en Colombia: Documento de apoyo para las autoridades de salud en Colombia. (2011)
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS/OMS)

Vigilancia en salud pública en situaciones de desastre o emergencia compleja: Manual práctico para funcionarios de salud. (2012)
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS/OMS)

Responding to urban disasters: Learning from previous relief and recovery operations. (2012)
David Sanderson, Paul Knox-Clarke, Leah Campbell

Food security and livelihoods interventions for older people in emergencies. (2012)
Andrew  Collodel



Foro virtual WSPA-Desprender “Inundaciones y Riesgo Peruano”
Date: 18 february – 15 march
Organize: WSPA
Contact:  /

Comprehensive disaster risk management framework online course
Date: 18 february – 29 march
Place:  Online course
Organize: Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI)

E-learning course on the economics of climate-resilient development
Date: 4 – 5 march
Place: Online course
Organize: World Bank Institute (WBI)

E-learning course: risk sensitive land use planning
Date: 4 – 29 march
Place: Online course
Organize: Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the (GFDRR), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), India - gov

2do. Congreso de Salud y Desastres “Hacia la Reducción de Desastres por un Futuro Seguro”
Date: 20 – 22 march
Place: Cuba (La Habana, Centro de Convenciones y Servicios Académicos de la Universidad de Ciencias Médicas).
Organize: Centro Nacional de Ciencias Médicas

Diplomado Gestión para la Reducción del Riesgo a Desastres
Date: 29 march
Place: Guatemala (Ciudad de Guatemala)
Organize: Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED)

Diplomado en Gestión de la Respuesta Humanitaria
Date: march – june
Place: Perú (Lima)
Organize: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

5th International Climate Change Conference
Date: 26 – 30 april
Place: United Kingdom (Londres)

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