Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
On-line version ISSN 1680-5348
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
VILLE DE GOYET, Claude de. Earthquakes in El Salvador. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2001, vol.9, n.2, pp.107-113. ISSN 1680-5348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892001000200011.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has 25 years of experience dealing with major natural disasters. This piece provides a preliminary review of the events taking place in the weeks following the major earthquakes in El Salvador on 13 January and 13 February 2001. It also describes the lessons that have been learned over the last 25 years and the impact that the El Salvador earthquakes and other disasters have had on the health of the affected populations. Topics covered include mass-casualties management, communicable diseases, water supply, managing donations and international assistance, damages to the health-facilities infrastructure, mental health, and PAHO's role in disasters.
Keywords : Desastres; terremotos; preparación; mitigación; El Salvador.