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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.

04 May 2017 description

Sequía. Enfermedades. Terremotos. Huracanes. Más de 10,6 millones de personas en América Latina y el Caribe fueron afectadas por estos desastres en 2016.

Cada emergencia presentó sus propios desafíos, se tratara de los medios de vida afectados, la seguridad de las familias forzadas a huir de la violencia, el creciente riesgo de enfermedades transmitidas por vectores o la magnitud de grandes desastres como el terremoto en Ecuador (abril 2016) y el Huracán Matthew en el Caribe (octubre de 2016).

04 May 2017 description

Drought. Disease. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. More than 10.6 million people across Latin America and the Caribbean were affected by these disasters in 2016.

Each emergency presented its own set of challenges, whether it was addressing affected livelihoods, the safety of families forced to flee from violence, the growing risk of vector-borne diseases or the sheer scale of major disasters such as the earthquake in Ecuador (April 2016) and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean (October 2016).

14 Apr 2016 description

Este documento analiza las crisis registradas en América Latina y el Caribe durante 2015, así como la respuesta por parte de la Oficina de Coordinación de Asuntos Humanitarios - Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe (OCHA ROLAC).

También recoge las actividades relacionadas con preparación frente a desastres, así como los eventos desarrollados con socios estratégicos que significaron un avance en busca de una mejor coordinación para una respuesta humanitaria eficiente.

14 Apr 2016 description

This document reviews the major emergencies in 2015 and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs - Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (OCHA ROLAC) response.

It also includes details of the disaster preparedness activities and joint ventures with strategic partners that represented innovations in better coordination for effective humanitarian response.

17 Dec 2011 description

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Action needed to mitigate the effects of climate change on health

The PAHO/WHO Directing Council, at its 51st Meeting held in Washington, D.C., in September 2011, approved a Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change. It calls for countries to strengthen the ability of health systems to monitor and analyze climate change, to promote joint efforts of health and other sectors to reduce climate-related health risks, and to reduce the carbon footprint of the health sector in each country.