altCaribbean countries are particularly vulnerable to the impact of natural hazards and damage to hospitals feature highly among losses reported. Functional collapse is the main cause of hospitals being out of service after a disaster; only a small percentage of them are out of service exclusively due to structural damage. The major reason for the collapse of health infrastructure and corresponding deaths was due to the fact that hospitals are constructed without taking into account natural hazards, and that systems progressively deteriorate due to lack of maintenance over time.

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), with support from Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) of the European Union, as part of its commitment to Safe Hospitals implemented the project Caribbean Health Services Resilient to Impact of Emergencies and Disasters. The project, which aimed at improving resilience of health services to respond to emergencies, supported approximately 28 hospitals in 6 Caribbean countries - Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Saint Lucia.

pdf Case Studies in Grenada and St. Lucia (1.54 MB)

Below is a video presentation with a description of the project.