Prepared by Rubén Boroschek Krauskopf and Rodrigo Retamales Saavedra of
the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Disaster Mitigation in Health Facilities University of Chile
Área on Emergency Preparedness
and Disaster Relief
World Bank Group
Washington D.C., April 2004
PAHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data
Boroschek Krauskopf, Rubén
Guidelines for vulnerability reduction in the design of new health facilities
Washington, D.C.: PAHO/World Bank © 2004, 106p.
ISBN 92 75 12500 7
I. Title II. Retamales Saavedra, Rodrigo
1. VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS
2. PREVENTION AND MITIGATION
3. SANITARY INFRASTRUCTURE
4. NATURAL DISASTERS
5. DISASTER PLANNING NLM WX140
© Pan American Health Organization, 2004
A publication of the Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in collaboration with the World Bank.
The views expressed, the recommendations made, and the terms employed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the current criteria or policies of the Pan American Health Organization or of its Member States.
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This publication has been made possible through the financial support of the World Bank, the International Humanitarian Assistance Division of the Canadian International Development Agency (IHA/CIDA), the Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (OFDA/USAID), and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
A great number of professionals and experts in disaster mitigation have participated in the preparation and revision of this publication. It was revised and validated at the International Meeting Hospitals in Disasters - Handle with Care, celebrated in El Salvador, in July 2003. The new version produced was submitted to the technical criteria of the Disaster Mitigation Advisory Group (DiMAG) created by PAHO/WHO.
At the the risk of omitting - involuntarily - some of the people who reviewed the publication, we would like to acknowledge the contributions of the following: Tony Gibbs, Felipe Cruz, Pablo Aguilar, Roy Barboza, Micaela Baroni, Alwyn Wason, Víctor Rojas, Patricia Gómez, Dana Van Alphen, Jean Luc Poncelet, and Hernán Rosenberg. Martha Rodríguez and Ricardo Pérez were in charge of the final edition.
Page 5 photo of scale model courtesy of architect Micaela Baroni.