Newsletter Actualidad | March 2013

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In this edition…

•   RELACIGER launches New Information Resources
•   The ONEMI from Chile Joins the RELACIGER Team
•   CONRED Sets Up a Radio Station
•   New Self-Instruction Course
•   Cholera in the Dominican Republic
•   Resilient Communities
•   The DIPECHO Central America 2012-2013 Programme with its Own Informative Bulletin
•   22 Municipalities in Costa Rica Commit to Resiliency
•   Thousands of people will gather in Geneva
•   News briefs
•   New publications
•   Courses and events

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Newsletter / March 2013


RELACIGER Launches New Information Resources in Disaster Risk Management and Health

The Latin American Network of Risk Management Information Centres, RELACIGER, has launched two new products on its website, which it hopes will support both research and field efforts by players working within the realm of disaster risk management. These are the Geo-Referenced Product Platform (in its beta version) and the Virtual Library of Disaster Risk Management for El Salvador.

These initiatives, together with the journal En Torno a la Prevención (About Prevention), discussed in the February issue of Actualidad CRID, constitute part of the results of cooperative projects promoted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) in collaboration with the Regional Centre on Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO).

• Geo-Referenced Product Platform, Beta Version

RELACIGERThe Geo-Referenced Product Platform consists of a document manager allowing documents to be uploaded and visualised on a map, by means of geographic coordinates. The objective, in addition to supporting the efforts at disseminating the documents prepared by the institutions that make up the Network, is to offer in a novel, direct and specific manner, access to different materials (publications, technical documents, hazard maps, etc.), placing them at the site on the map that one wishes to query.

This product was developed by the Centre for Disaster Protection in El Salvador (CEPRODE), a non-governmental environmental organisation, which as a Network member offers products and services through its information centre dealing with topics related to natural resource conservation in fragile zones and high risk communities.

The Platform is available at:

For more information, please consult Lidia Castillo,

• Virtual Library in Risk Management and Disasters in El Salvador (BV-GRD)

Web RELACIGERThe BV-GRD is a product of the effort to update and redesign it that was the responsibility of the Salvadoran Health Knowledge Management Unit (UGCS), which included the participation of the Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) and the Universidad de El Salvador.

The BV-GRD is provided as a topical reference at the national level with scientific and technical information on Disaster Risk Management and Health appropriate to El Salvador and is offered to the community of users interested in these topics. The library’s offerings include a video library, directory access, portals and virtual communities; it also includes bulletins and a users guide for searches in the website databases.

You can find this resource at:

For more information, please consult Carlos Reyes,

The ONEMI from Chile Joins the RELACIGER Team

ONEMICRID, as a RELACIGER member, is pleased to announce the integration of a new member into the group of information centres, collaborators and friends that today make up the Network. Mr Christian Cruz, as the one responsible for the information centre at the Chilean National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI), expressed his interest in forming a part of the RELACIGER,team, emphasising the importance and potential for this type of initiatives for achieving the goals of establishing new working relations and strategic alliances with related agencies throughout the region.

In addition, he informed about the Repositorio Digital, which includes all of the scientific and technical information produced by ONEMI, since it was created in 1964. This repository was developed on an open software platform, arising from the need, after the earthquake of 27 February 2010, to provide greater participation and visibility to the information generated by ONEMI, and more recently, by other entities under the Chilean risk management system, for the county’s citizenry and scientific and technical communities.

We invite you to make use of the Repositorio Digital at:

If you need more information, please contact Christian Cruz at:


CONRED Sets Up an Internet Radio Station

Radio CONREDWith the slogan “For a disaster-free Guatemala, communicating with the world”, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala (CONRED) has found a place for itself on Internet radio frequencies to carry its message and knowledge to the Guatemalan population.

A With a varied menu of programmes oriented to diverse segments of the population, it reports on the importance of Management for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and preventive actions, reduction of vulnerabilities and emergency preparedness carried out by the National Coordination throughout the nation’s territory. Some of the programmes that it offers are: CONRED Updates, Talking Today, Guatemala and its Surroundings, Positive Energy, Musical Interlude, CONRED Educates…

Furthermore, from the website, it is possible to access the Station’s social networks, a video presentation on the radio station and information on the project that contributed to this new communications medium.

CONRED Radio can be heard at:

New Self-Instruction Course on the Hospital Safety Index

Curso de Seguridad HospitalariaThe PAHO/WHO Area on Preparedness for Emergency Situations and Disaster Response provides this new course in order to train professionals in the use of the Hospital Safety Index (HSI) tool through the application of an easy and dynamic methodology, without losing sight of its essential technical contents.

This new material has been built up on an interactive computer platform that will illustrate the essential topics with readings, games, reminders and evaluations whose approval will allow advancement through the training programme. The time foreseen for dedication to complete the course in 30 hours to be completed during a period that does not exceed a week.

The course is available on compact disk in Spanish. Requests for this material must be made by email at:

More information on the Course here.


Cholera in the Dominican Republic: lessons learned a year after the epidemic

Cólera en República DominicadaOne year after the confirmation of the first case of cholera in the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) documented the lessons learned after the outbreak of the epidemic in the book Cólera en República Dominicana: lecciones aprendidas a un año de la epidemia (Cholera in Dominican Republic: Lessons Learned One Year After the Epidemic), which summarises the set of experiences in the response to the outbreak and is aimed at being a reference for the country’s health workers and those of the rest of the countries in the Americas.

Download the publication here.

Resilient Communities through Safe Health Networks

Comunidades resilientesThe experience from the proposition: Comunidades resilientes a través de redes de salud seguras (Resilient Communities through Safe Health Networks) is available in a publication that puts into context and rescues the processes, methodologies, tools and all of the knowledge generated while it was carried out; it was implemented in seven countries in South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.

The project behind the proposition was composed of three principle lines of action: local network health units strengthened in order to respond to emergencies and disasters, the community better prepared to respond to emergencies and disasters linked with the health network, and a safe hospital strategy promoted and socialised at the local, regional and/or national levels.

As a result, currently the seven countries have advanced in the consolidation of their Safe Hospital programmes, which pose goals for compliance with the commitments from the Marco de Acción de Hyogo.

Download the publication here.


The DIPECHO Central America 2012-2013 Programme with its own Informative Bulletin

Programa DIPECHO Centroamérica 2012-2013A handsomely designed and easily readable new DIPECHO Programme Bulletin is now available at the following website:

Information on the projects DIPECHO is carrying out in the region is available in a menu that refers to regional projects as well as those being executed at the country level. There is a more direct and graphical aid for location through a map of the region with links to each one of the countries where the Programme is working: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

Among the project topics are: capacity building for confronting and reducing disaster risks, community resilience, protection of livelihood in the face of disasters, implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) and the Central American Policy for Integrated Risk Management (PCGIR).

Learn about the progress of the DIPECHO Central American activities during 2012-2013 here.

22 Municipalities in Costa Rica Commit to Resiliency

22 municipios de Costa Rica y resilienciaContinuing with the disaster preparedness actions implemented in Costa Rica, 22 municipalities responded to the world call for strengthening community resilience by joining the World Campaign: “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready”, promoted by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR, during the launch in Costa Rica, last 21 February. The campaign is intended to heighten awareness among local government authorities, in order for them to join this initiative and promote actions and tools for disaster risk reduction in their communities.

This effort was supported by the United States Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (US-OFDA) and was coordinated by UNISDR, the Municipality of San José and the Costa Rican National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE), in response to the mandate under the National Law for Emergencies and Risk Prevention, the National Risk Management Plan and international commitments in the Hyogo Framework for Action during the 2005-2015 period (HFA).


Thousands of people will gather in Geneva to attend the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction

Plataforma Global sobre la Reducción del Riesgo de DesastresHeads of state, government ministers, CEOs, scientists and civil society representatives will gather in Geneva, Switzerland, in May, to propose a new global framework for disaster risk reduction.

Some 3,000 people are expected to attend this fourth session of the Global Platform which will be the last to take place before the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan in 2015, and will be a major milestone event in the consultative process facilitated by UNISDR for the development of a post-2015 global framework for disaster risk reduction.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), estimates that since the year 2000, earthquakes, floods, storms, tsunamis, heat waves and other disaster events have killed 1.1 million people, disrupted the lives of 2.7 billion and caused over $1.3 trillion in economic losses

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Commemoration of the Second Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake
On 11 March 2011, at 14:46 local time, an earthquake registering 9 on the Richter scale slammed eastern Japan, causing a tsunami with waves up to 10 metres (33 feet) in height and the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986. We invite you to visit the page on Radiological Emergencies prepared by CRID and recently updated for the second anniversary of the Japanese earthquake. More…

Celebration of International Women’s Day Highlighted Their Role in Disaster Risk Management
8 March 2013

Within the realm of disaster risk reduction activities, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Area on Preparedness for Emergency Situations and Assistance in Cases of Disaster at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), emphasised the fundamental role of women in prevention, response and post-disaster recovery processes. Similarly, their participation in the next global framework on disaster risk reduction was highlighted. More…

PAHO/WHO to support Haiti with US$500,000 for Water Connections and Sanitation in Several Health Centres, which will Permit Better Care for Cholera Patients
PAHO/WHO will provide US$500,000 from their technical cooperation resources to finance the installation of water supply and sanitation connections in several primary health care centres in Haiti, pursuant to the new National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera Transmission in Haiti 2013 - 2022. More…

Costa Rica Builds a Regional Search and Rescue Academy
The construction of the Central American Regional Search and Rescue Academy in Costa Rica will allow institutional and national capabilities to be strengthened for the countries in the area in their response to the consequences from a disaster. More…

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Instituto de Defensa Civil de Perú (INDECI)

Promoviendo la participación de las mujeres en la reconstrucción de la provincia de Chincha: Programa integral de desarrollo de capacidades para mujeres y varones
Lady Benites Navarro

Percepciones y comportamientos después del sismo: Una mirada social al proceso de reconstrucción en Chincha
Gina Arnillas Traverso; María Elena del Solar Dibós

Una mirada social al proceso de reconstrucción en Chincha: Aportes para una mejor intervención en las etapas de emergencia y reconstrucción
Gina Arnillas Traveso y otros

Salud en las Américas: Panorama regional y perfiles de país
Organizeción Panamericana de la Salud (PAHO/WHO)

América del Sur: Una visión regional de la situación del riesgo de desastre
Marion Khamis; Claudio Osorio



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

SICUR Latinoamérica 2013
Date: 3 - 5 april
Place: Chile (Santiago de Chile)
Organize: FISA (FISA); Institución Ferial de Madrid (IFEMA)

Curso de reducción del riesgo de desastres y desarrollo local sostenible 2013
(Semipresential modality)
Date: 5 april - 29 november
Place: Italy (Turin)

Forum on tourism, sustainability and climate change in Central America
Date: 11 - 13 april
Place: Honduras (La Ceiba)
Organize: National Chamber of Tourism of Honduras (CANATURH); World Tourism Organizetion (UNWTO)

Congreso internacional sobre riesgos de desastres y desarrollo territorial sostenible
Date: 22 - 24 april
Organize: Universidad Nacional de Catamarca, Instituto de Monitoreo y Control de la Degradación Geoambiental (IMCoDeG)

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

Diplomado Internacional de Especialización Derechos Humanos, Gestión del Riesgo y Políticas Públicas de Prevención de Desastres en América Latina y el Caribe 2013- 2014
(Semipresential modality)
Date: 11 may 2013 - 21 february 2014
Place: Chile (Santiago de Chile)

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