Establishment of Technical Competency Standards for Emergency Response Professionals Providing Care in a Mass Casualty Event

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) actively supports a variety of training opportunities to enhance health disaster management skills and to improve knowledge and capacity in technical areas such as mass casualty management, emergency care and treatment, incident command concepts, assessment of health needs, preparedness for disaster events and more.

PAHO is seeking Technical Assistance to undertake the development and application of Technical Competency Standards for Emergency Response Professionals providing care in a mass casualty event. pdf Terms of Reference-Competency Standards  is attached.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 4 March 2013

 

The countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are exposed to various natural and manmade hazards. We must be able to rely on our hospitals and health centers in all circumstances to avoid an increase in the number of victims after an event. This material, in French, includes a Guide, a training tool for using the guide, a questionnaire with a list of potential elements that can fail, and a short brochure with the key elements of the guide. The guide and accompanying materials have been designed specifically to aid in the construction of hospitals in Haiti, but the patterns shown may be of use to many countries and communities.

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The Caribbean's recently held the 7th Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) from 3-7 December 2012 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The annual event is the region's premier event on disaster risk management organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in collaboration with partner agencies. This year's conference was convened under the theme CDM: Building Disaster Resilience. A Shared Responsibility.

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The Caribbean has the fastest ageing population in the developing world. Yet studies in the Caribbean reveal that most shelters do not cater to the needs and conditions of older persons, lacking for example privacy, appropriate bedding and access for the disabled. This publication takes a look at older people in disaster situations, with a particular focus on the Caribbean, and provides an overview of considerations to ensure that this group of people has the required response to their needs in disasters. After undergoing a peer review process, the final version of this publication is now online.

New!  pdf Fact Sheet on Older People in Disasters

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This new publication is intended to be used by national policy makers, clinicians and pharmacists as reference for the preparation of national disaster plans and emergency management, and to form part of the national essential medicines list. It aims to assist countries in providing urgent medical care in the acute phase of disasters and emergencies, including emergency surgical interventions, and in continuing health care for people under treatment, including those with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and cardiovascular diseases and mental health disorders.

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