Are we prepared to help low-resource populations mitigate a severe pandemic?

The attached (see below) relates to the 8 documents (over 200 pages) posted on the CDC website on updated guidance on community mitigation for pandemic flu (at https://www.cdc.gov/nonpharmaceutical-interventions/tools-resources/planning-guidance-checklists.html tabs for Community Mitigation Guidelines to Prevent Pandemic Influenza – United States, 2017 & Pre-Pandemic NPI Planning Guides).

A Healthier and Safer World: An Interview with Dr. David Nabarro

Huffington Post: "Imagine a safer and healthier world. A place where diseases did not fester for months or years until public outcry demanded action. A world without pandemics, and one with thriving, healthy children. And, a time when we take a global view of health rather than hoping that political borders were enough to protect us. In the reality of today’s world, everyone’s health is intertwined.

Call for Interest to organize side events at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, 22-26 May 2017, Cancun-Mexico

Sign up is now open for the twenty four Side Events slots at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Side Events should support the outcomes of the 2017 Global Platform, raise awareness on disaster risk reduction activities and contribute to the promotion of and exchange of knowledge.
Key expected outcomes during the 2017 Global Platform include:

Invition to comment on the provisional agenda of the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Government of Mexico and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction will host the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, from 22-26 May 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, with 22-23 May as informal preparatory days and 24-26 May as the Global Platform’s official programme.

Emergency Events Database EM-DAT

Since 1988 the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has been maintaining an Emergency Events Database EM-DAT. EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the WHO and the Belgian Government.

The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of humanitarian action at national and international levels. It is an initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness, as well as providing an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting.

DesInventar as a Disaster Information Management System

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Background

Population growth and urbanization processes, trends in land use, increasing impoverishment of significant segments of the population, use of inappropriate technological systems in the construction of houses and basic infrastructure, and inappropriate organization systems, amongst others, are factors that have increased the vulnerability of the population vis-a-vis the wide diversity of physical and natural events.

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