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10 Apr 2018 description

OVERVIEW

• Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña phenomena occur periodically, exacerbating the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental and natural resource degradation, and land-use management challenges also increase populations’ vulnerability and exposure to natural hazards.

09 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, EM-DAT data indicates that 318 natural disasters occurred, affecting 122 countries. The impact of which resulted in 9,503 deaths, 96 million people affected, and US$314 billion in economic damages.

The human impact of natural disasters in 2017 was much lower than the last 10 year average, where events with extremely high mortality occurred, such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti (225,570 deaths) and the 2008 Nargis Cyclone in Myanmar (138,400 deaths).

28 Mar 2018 description

Contributing to more effective risk management of crises and disaster in Latin America and the Caribbean

INTRODUCTION

The 2018 version of the Index for Risk Management for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-INFORM) has been launched at the beginning of this year. LAC-INFORM 2018 is an update of LAC-INFORM 2017, the first version of this regional index.

27 Mar 2018 description

Last Updated: 26 March 2018 - Maintain its elimination in the Americas

17 Mar 2018 description

Situation Summary

In 2017, four countries in the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of measles: Argentina (3 cases), Canada (45 cases), the United States of America (120 cases), and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (727 cases).

In the first three months of 2018, a total of 9 countries have reported confirmed cases:

Antigua and Barbuda (1 case), Brazil (14 cases), Canada (4 cases), Colombia (1), the United States of America (13 cases), Guatemala (1 case), Mexico (4 cases), Peru (2 cases), and Venezuela (159 cases). Figure 1.

17 Mar 2018 description

Mantener altas y homogéneas las coberturas de vacunación, fortalecer la vigilancia y poner en marcha rápidamente medidas para responder ante un caso sospechoso son algunas de las medidas sugeridas para mantener la eliminación del sarampión en las Américas.

17 Mar 2018 description

Maintaining high and homogeneous immunization coverage, strengthening surveillance and quickly responding to suspected cases are some of the suggested measures to maintain measles elimination in the Americas

16 Mar 2018 description

Resumen de la situación

En 2017, cuatro países de la Región de las Américas notificaron casos confirmados de sarampión: Argentina (3 casos), Canadá (45 casos), los Estados Unidos de América (120 casos) y la República Bolivariana de Venezuela (727 casos).

En los primeros meses de 2018 son 9 los países que han notificado casos confirmados: Antigua y Barbuda (1 caso), Brasil (14 casos), Canadá (4 casos), Colombia (1), Estados Unidos de América (13 casos), Guatemala (1 caso), México (4 casos), Perú (2 casos) y Venezuela (159 casos).

10 Mar 2018 description

Situation Summary

In 2017, four countries in the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of measles: Argentina, Canada, the United States of America, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. In the first three months of 2018, there were eight countries in the Region reporting confirmed cases: Antigua and Barbuda (1 case), Brazil (8 cases), Canada (3 cases), Guatemala (1 case), Mexico (1 case), Peru (1 case), the United States (11 cases), and Venezuela (159 cases).

Following is a summary of the situation by the countries in 2018.

09 Mar 2018 description

Resumen de la situación

En 2017, cuatro países de la Región de las Américas notificaron casos confirmados de sarampión: Argentina, Canadá, los Estados Unidos de América y la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. En los primeros meses de 2018 son 8 los países que han notificado casos confirmados: Antigua y Barbuda (1 caso), Brasil (8 casos), Canadá (3 casos), Estados Unidos de América (11 casos), Guatemala (1 caso), México (1 caso), Perú (1 caso) y Venezuela (159 casos).

12 Feb 2018 description

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

19 Jan 2018 description

Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/ OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/ FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of emergencies in the region.

12 Jan 2018 description

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  • Enfoque 2

  • Perspectiva 4

  • Países Miembros 5

  • Recursos de Información 11

  • Próximos Eventos 12

Huracanes Irma y María:

11 Jan 2018 description

Hurricanes Irma and Maria: health sector response

In the space of one month, several nations of the Caribbean were ravaged by two category 5 hurricanes packing winds of up to 160 mph (260 km/h). Hurricane Irma passed through 11 islands in the Caribbean starting on 5 September 2017, followed a week later by Hurricane Maria, which impacted six islands, including three in Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, that had already been hit by Irma. The total population of the islands is 37.2 million people.