The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is involved in a CAN $2.5 million five-year project to reduce disaster risk in the health sector of CARICOM member states. 

The project aims to improve disaster risk reduction within the regional health sector.

It builds on previous bilateral support from CIDA to the Caribbean and the longstanding relationship between Canada and PAHO/WHO in disaster preparedness, mitigation and response, across the Latin America and Caribbean region.

The programme also represents a direct contribution to the CIDA Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Program (CDRMP) 2008-2012, the enhanced Regional Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Programming Framework 2007-2012, the priorities identified by regional Health Disaster Coordinators, as well as the CARICOM Ministers of Health.

The project was officially launched in October 2008.


1. Knowledge resources are available and used in the health sector for disaster preparedness and mitigation:

  • Health sector disaster risk management self-assessment tool developed.
  • Database to track progress in disaster risk reduction in the health sector developed.
  • The capacity of countries and professionals to deal with mental health issues in a gender-sensitive manner strengthened.

2. The level of safety of health facilities in relation to natural hazards is improved:

  • The Hospital Safety Index is applied and priorities identified.
  • Safety improvement plans are developed and implemented.

3. Disaster risk reduction is incorporated in the agenda of the health sector:

  • Disaster risk reduction activities are incorporated in the annual work plans of the Ministries of Health.
  • The capacity of health human resources in issues of disaster risk management in the countries and Ministries of Health is increased.
  • Guidelines developed on how to include DRR into national health strategic plans, programs and projects.


The outcomes and the project as a whole will contribute to Outcome 3 of the Enhanced Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy and Framework. The table below illustrates the link between CDM's outputs and this project's outcomes:

CDM Outcome 3

CDM outputs

Project's outcomes

Disaster Risk Management has been mainstreamed at national levels and incorporated into key sectors of national economies (including tourism, health and agriculture)

3.3 Hazard information and Disaster Risk Management is integrated into sectoral policies, laws, development planning and operations and decision making

1. Knowledge resources are available and used in the health sector for disaster risk reduction

3.4 Sectoral prevention, preparedness, mitigation,  response, recovery  and rehabilitation procedures developed and implemented in the identified sectors

2. The level of safety of health facilities in relation to natural hazards is improved (also CDM output 4.4)

3. Disaster risk reduction incorporated in the agenda of the health sector

Countries Included

Antigua and Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Cayman Islands
Commonwealth of Dominica

Republic of Guyana
St Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands

With the financial support of


The Caribbean Regional Disaster Risk Management Programme (CDRMP) is a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded CAN $20 million, 8 year (2007/08-2014/15), responsive programme. It is specifically designed to support the results identified for the CARICOM region, in the Enhanced Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (2007-2012), a regionally endorsed framework for action.