Twenty-nine individuals from various emergency response agencies completed a one-week training on Mass Casualty Management (MCM) at the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).
 
The September 9-13 session was supported by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) as part of its technical cooperation support to the Ministry of Health.

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In collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, the Ministry of Health Barbados organized a workshop on 17th July 2013 to prepare local nursing homes and senior citizens homes in the event of any disaster. The Minister of Health, Honourable John Boyce, provided a feature address at the opening ceremony

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El Ministerio de Salud Pública de República Dominicana, el Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Comunicaciones y la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS), realizaron en Santo Domingo la primera reunión técnica para la elaboración del  Reglamento de Diseño y Construcción de establecimientos de salud. La reunión, celebrada durante los días 26 y 27 de junio, contó con el apoyo  financiero del Departamento de Ayuda Humanitaria y Protección Civil de la Comisión Europea (ECHO).

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Participants from the Virgin Islands and seven Caribbean countries have learned new methods and techinques, following successful completion of the Regional Safer and Greener Building Course at the H. Lavity Stoutt Communtiy College (HLSCC), Virgin Islands. The training opportunity, which was held from April 29 to May 3 at the college's Marine Centre, included participants specifically from the sister islands of Virgin Gorda, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Dominica, Barbados, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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Caribbean 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.

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