This technical report highlights the importance of involving communities in all the phases of emergency preparedness, focusing on the factors that can enable or hinder the work of communities and institutions together to improve emergency preparedness. Recent public health emergencies, most notably Ebola, have shown the potential of community engagement as a resource that can either help or hinder institutional responses to emergencies. This outbreak...
Rio de Janeiro state to vaccinate population against yellow feverAP, 11 Mar
Rio de Janeiro state plans to vaccinate its entire population against yellow fever as a precaution amid Brazil's largest outbreak of the disease in years. The Health Ministry has confirmed more than 300 cases of yellow fever so far during Brazil's summer rainy season. Over 100 of them died. Much of Brazil is considered at risk for the mosquito-borne disease and people in those areas are supposed to be vaccinated.
PAHO reports 600 new chikungunya casesCIDRAP, 13 Mar
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in the past 2 weeks added 606 confirmed, suspected, and imported chikungunya cases to its total, bringing the case count for 2017 so far to 5,153. PAHO update
Feature-Disaster Response Goes Digital--But Not for AllReuters, 9 Mar
At a conference on resilience in New Orleans this week, technology companies outlined the increasingly sophisticated tools they are offering--on an altruistic basis--to help people cope better when disasters strike.