New Publications July 2004
Posted in New Publications July 2004
Public Health Response to Biological and Chemical Weapons
World Health Organization,
2003, 303 p.
ISBN 92 75 32485 9
This publication was written to guide countries on preparedness for and response to the deliberate use of biological and chemical weapons. The current publication updates a 1970 report that considered biological and chemical weapons at the technical and policy levels. It was intended not only for public health and medical authorities but also for those concerned with emergency response to the suspected or actual use of such weapons. This second edition is intended for much the same readership: government policymakers, public health authorities. On the web at www.who.int/ (click on Publications).
Logros en salud en Centroamérica: 5 años después de Mitch
(Success Stories in Health in Central America Five Years after Hurricane Mitch)
2003, 40 p. ISBN 92 75 32489 1
Spanish only, US$ 10
This publication documents the experiences, achievements and lessons learned during the implementation of a technical cooperation project to reduce vulnerability to disasters in the countries affected by Hurricane Mitch. The project was carried out by the health sector, many municipalities and a host of other actors in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala and the publication illustrates how action and experience can be applied to improving health services and living conditions of populations at risk.
WHO-PAHO Guidelines for the Use of Foreign Field Hospitals in the Aftermath of Sudden-Impact Disasters
Results of an International Meeting
2003, 20 p.
At the WHO/PAHO-sponsored meeting, the pros and cons of the use of foreign field hospitals in the aftermath of natural disasters were discussed and draft Guidelines were examined and approved. The guidelines propose conditions that field hospitals and their staff should meet according to the length of time they will remain in a disaster-stricken country. They also outline issues that authorities in donor countries should consider before mobilizing a field hospital. A summary brochure, Field Hospitals in the Aftermath of Sudden-Impact Disasters. A Help or Hindrance?, was developed to promote their use by decision-makers.
Read, download or consult any of these information products on the Internet:
www.paho.org/disasters (click on Publications Catalog) - www.helid.desastres.net