Protecting New Health Facilities from Natural Disasters: Guidelines for the Promotion of Disaster Mitigation
PAHO Occasional Publication
PAHO
ISBN-13    9789275124840 ISBN-10    9275124841
Order Number    16300170   
Price    CHF    18.00 / US$    21.60 Developing countries:    CHF    12.60
English     2003        52   pages
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Technical knowledge and experience have taught us that it is possible to reduce to a minimum the risks and damage caused by disasters if preventive measures are incorporated early in the design, construction and maintenance of new health facilities.

This publication is an overview of the Guidelines for Vulnerability Reduction in the Design of New Health Facilities and includes recommendations on how to promote their use among national authorities, planners and financing agencies involved in the development of these projects. It emphasizes the substantial social and economic benefits of applying disaster mitigation measures to the design, planning and construction of health facilities. Equally important, it describes how to apply these measures to achieve protection levels that not only ensure human safety but also the security of infrastructure and the continuity of services