Newsletter Actualidad | November 2013

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In this edition…

•   CRID and PAHO offer the Ministries of Health a New Information Tool
•   New Guide for Post-Earthquake Psychosocial Support for Schools
•   Report on Disaster Impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean
•   New Edition of the PAHO/WHO Bulletin: "Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas"
•   Documents on Urban Risk at DESAPRENDER.ORG
•   News briefs
•   New publications
•   Courses and events

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Newsletter / November 2013


CRID and PAHO offer the Ministries of Health a New Information Tool

Appropriate management of those aspects related to health in emergency and disaster situations, constitutes one part of the conditions for improving the health and general rehabilitation of affected populations. In this context, the information and knowledge available regarding the thematic scope dealing with health and disaster risk management contribute to the processes in which planning, country-level health system organisation, training for emergency response and hospital care also intervene.

The Ministries of Health, as governing bodies on which the responsibility falls for developing national capacities in the aforementioned aspects, constitute part of the stakeholders that demand day to day information resources and all that contributes to their health plans and lines of effort in risk management.

With this objective in mind, the Regional Centre on Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID), and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), have placed at the disposition of Ministries of Health the Basic Virtual Library for Disaster Risk Management for Ministries of Health, whereby they can access a selection of information resources dealing with the main realms of action for health in emergency and disaster management.

This new tool will allow both the specialised user as well as the tyro in this field of action to download and share whenever he or she wants and totally free of charge: guides, manuals, plans, reports, chronicles, research, lessons learned, case studies, etc. All this as well as delving deeper into the topical categories offered.

CRID and PAHO/WHO invite the Ministries of Health to make use of this tool and integrate it into their national information and communication platforms and regional initiatives in disaster risk management where they form a part.

The Basic Virtual Library for Disaster Risk Management for Ministries of Health is available at:

New Guide for Post-Earthquake Psychosocial Support for Schools
Support document for teaching personnel, social/school promoters and humanitarian response personnel

actualidad_solo.jpgThe Guide Propuesta operativa de apoyo psicosocial escolar en situación de post terremoto: La experiencia de San Marcos, Guatemala was prepared within the framework of the project on “Response to the humanitarian crises caused by the climate drought and earthquake in Guatemala”, which occurred on 7 November 2012. The project was executed by Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI), in consortium with Oxfam, in the Departments of Baja Verapaz, Chiquimula and San Marcos, in Guatemala.

The Guide is the product of the Guaranteed Psychosocial Activity for the Damaged Schools, which formed part of the intervention programme under this project, together with those of reconstruction, training on preparedness, disaster response and social audits.

This activity was the responsibility of the team of promoters from Coopi, which contributed by providing support to a total of 2813 children in 25 different communities in 4 municipalities. The work carried out paid special attention to the presence of girls, important in a context of female marginalisation, gender violence and scant access to women’s rights.

Download the Guide here.

If you would like more information on this publication and the project, please contact Liliana González at:


Report on Disaster Impacts in Latin America and the Caribbean - Trends and Statistics for 16 Countries Between 1990 and 2011

This past 30th October in Panama City, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Corporación OSSO, released the first Report Impacto de los desastres en América Latina y el Caribe: Tendencias y estadísticas para 16 países entre 1990 y 2011.

The report reveals that during the last 22 years there have been up to nine disasters in the 16 countries studied during the lapse between 1990 and 2011. It mentions that among the main causes of these disasters have been rapid population growth at sites highly exposed to natural hazards, low consideration for the disaster risk variable in development planning processes and the lack of incorporation of risk reduction at all scales and among all sectors.

Mr Ricardo Mena, Head of the Regional Office for the Americas at UNISDR referred to the report as “an unprecedented achievement in the region, contributing to strengthening the growing culture of resilience among nations and communities at all levels and in all sectors”.

CRID has the report for you here.

More information of interest at:

New Edition of the PAHO/WHO Bulletin: "Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas"

Emergency co-ordination is a central theme in this new Bulletin on disasters from PAHO/WHO. It highlights this topic as one of the core aspects to guarantee an effective response that benefits those individuals affected by a disaster. In respect of this same point, there is an interview with Dr Carissa Etienne, the new Director at PAHO/WHO, since September 2012, who is well versed in this topic, since she performed the role of Disaster Coordinator at the Ministry of Health the Dominica.

The Bulletin also offers other news and articles on safe hospitals, prevention and response to large-scale conflagrations, disabilities and recommendations on new resources for the sector.

The Bulletin Disasters: Preparedness and Mitigation in the Americas is available here in Spanish and English.


Documents on Urban Risk at DESAPRENDER.ORG

The Reference Centre on Community Education for Disaster Promotion (CREC), the Finnish Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (FICR), as well as the European Commission Humanitarian Assistance Office (ECHO), by means of DESAPRENDER.ORG (a portal for experience-based learning promotion), offer a new information and training tool on urban risks, consisting of a series of documents organised according to: Methodology and Guidelines, Community Tools, Case Studies, Trans-border Dynamics. All of the materials are available in Spanish and English.

Learn more about this resource at:



Regional Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction for Central America
From 26 through 28 November in Panama City, this Workshop will be held in order to identify regional priorities in Disaster Risk Reduction, which might be supported by different stakeholders (financiers, executors) in Central America; while at the same time disseminating lessons learned and tools for disaster preparedness and risk reduction arising within the sub-region.

University of Costa Rica Offers the First Model for Integrated Risk Analysis Developed for one of the Country's Municipalities (canton)
This past 29th October, the University of Costa Rica’s Programme on Scientific and Technological Information for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (PREVENTEC), presented the first Model for Integrated Disaster Risk Analysis, drafted for a specific locality in one of the country’s provinces. The model provides 27 indicators that make up a map of risk indexes for the selected community. More…

New Site on Humanitarian Indicator Registry
Humanitarian Response Indicators Registry is a tool for humanitarian response orientation with definitions and indicators developed by the clusters or sectorial groups in emergency response. Available in English. More…

The Blind Population in Costa Rica Has Access to Material in Braille on Risk Management
The Costa Rican National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response (CNE), officially delivered to authorities at the Ministry of Public Education 600 copies of a book titled "Colorín Colorado el desastre se ha acabado" (Something like: “The disaster’s over and they lived happily ever after”), translated into Braille. To request this material, please contact Sheily Vallejos (, co-ordinator of the Documentation Centre at the CNE. More…

New Movie on Sphere Standards Available in Spanish and French
Humanitarian Standards put into Context; “Putting Life in to the Sphere Manual”, a 24 minute film that provides examples of humanitarian organisations in several countries that work with the Sphere Manual on the ground. More…

In South America 10 Countries Shared Experiences on Disaster Risk Reduction
Peru was the scenario for the “South American Encounter on Experiences of Civil Society Participation in Disaster Risk Management”, held under the auspices of the regional project on Perspectives on Implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) in South America. More…

Stay informed with the most recent news bulletins on activities and projects on disaster risk reduction, risk management and humanitarian response being carried out by international cooperation organisations in the Americas.
USAID/OFDA Bulletin (English - Spanish)



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.

Making Cities Resilient: Summary for policymakers. A global snapshot of how local governments reduce disaster risk. (2013)

Propuesta operativa de apoyo psicosocial escolar en situación de post terremoto: La experiencia de San Marcos, Guatemala. (2013)

COOPI; Oxfam Guatemala

Plan de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres en Salud frente a Temporada de Frío 2013-2014. (2013)

Perú. Oficina General de Defensa Nacional (OGDN); Perú. Ministerio de Salud (MINSA)

Actions for children and youth resilience: Guide for governments. (2013)
UNICEF; RET-Protecting Through Education

Manual de respuesta ante desastres de Plan. Libro 1: Guía de actividades de respuesta. (2013) 
Manual de respuesta ante desastres de Plan. Libro 2: Roles y responsabilidades. (2013)
Manual de Plan para la respuesta ante desastres. Libro 3: Guía de programas. (2013)
Plan Internacional

Contextualizing global standards to local settings: Challenges and lessons learned. (2013)
Laub Tzvetomira

Hospitals don't burn: Hospital fire prevention and evacuation guide. (2013)
World Health Organization (WHO); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)




E-learning course on cities and climate change leadership (free online course)
Date: 21 october – 8 november
The World Bank

Aprender de la experiencia compartida en la asistencia humanitaria (free online course)
Date: 18 november – 16 december
Organize: Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (FICR)
Web: ReliefWeb

8th annual Caribbean conference on comprehensive disaster management (CDM)
Date: 2 – 6 december
Place: Jamaica (Montego Bay)
Organize: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

Programa para el desarrollo de una cultura preventiva en protección Civil
Date: 9 – 13 december
Place: Uruguay (Montevideo)
Organize: Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española en Montevideo, Uruguay
Web: Agencia de Cooperación Internacional Chile

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