A 5.9 Earthquake struck Haiti on Saturday October 6th at 8:20pm, affecting communes in the Northwest and the Artibonite departments. 17 deaths were reported by Monday, 9 in Port-de-Paix, 1 in St. Louis North (North-West) and 7 in Gros-Morne (Artibonite). At least 333 people are injured, most of them in hospitals in the North West, Artibonite and North departments. According to initial assessments, 7783 families need urgent humanitarian assistance, due to the partial or total destruction of their homes. 

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PAHO/WHO's Heath Emergencies Department (PHE) is currently looking for candidates for a consultancy on Health Emergency Preparedness. The consultant will support the work of PHE’s Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR (CPI) Unit whose work is to ensure that each Member State builds its own standing capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian emergencies and large outbreaks.

Please review the terms of reference below before submitting an application, before 14 September 2018.

pdf Terms of Reference - Health Emergency Preparedness (141 KB)

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) participated in the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 with the session "Investment and resilient infrastructure: good practices and applicability in the region". This activity took place on Thursday June 21st, 2018 in the afternoon and was led by Dr. Gina Watson PAHO/WHO Representative in Colombia. Dr. Watson recognized the progress that Colombia has made in disaster risk management. 

PAHO participated in the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018 with the session "Investment and resilient infrastructure: good practices and applicability in the region". This session took place Thursday 21 st, 2018 in the afternoon.  

Dr. Watson recognize the progress that Colombia has made in disaster risk management, also she highlighted that how important is to have green an intelligent sanitary infrastructure, the importance of building a disaster risk management culture, adaptation and mitigation of climate change, and the political will of the countries that help to optain better resources to confront a country emergency.

About the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018

The main objective of the VI Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas will be to discuss how governments, ministers, civil society leaders, technical and scientific institutions, the private sector and the media could promote the application and measurement of the expected results of the Sendai Framework in the Americas. It is expected over 1,000 delegates, such as policy makers, professionals in various fields and experts in disaster risk management will attend the Platform.

For more information please visit the VI Regional Platform official website: http://eird.org/pr18/eng/index.html 

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