Adapted from "Redacción Médica" (25 April 2016)

Currently volunteers are being trained to operate the tool

Dra. Gina Tambini, PAHO/WHO Representative in Ecuador.The Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) trained volunteers in the classification and identification of medicines that are arriving at the area affected by the earthquake, as well as in the use of the LSS/SUMA (Humanitarian Supply Management System) software.

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Adapted from "Redacción Médica" (27 April 2016)

Key mechanism to save lives and ensure rapid assistance to victims

Ciro Ugarte, M.D., PAHO/WHOEcuador is the first country to implement World Health Organization (WHO) international standards to manage national and international emergency medical teams, "which has been key to saving lives and ensuring rapid and effective assistance to victims of the earthquake," according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

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Ecuador earthquake 2016 March 16 MapThe Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, in response to the earthquake in Ecuador on 16 April, 2016 activated its Institutional Emergency Response Plan. The PAHO/WHO Country Office responded immediately and, in support of health authorities, has mobilized staff and resources. Technical staff, from both headquarters and other country offices, with varied skills, such as logistical coordination, infrastructure evaluation, communications, water and sanitation, as well as members of the Regional Response Team, was also mobilized. The Organization is working with the Ministry of Health on the health response.

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