( By Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) )

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2.3 Health disaster preparedness program

The assessment team should dedicate time and special attention to the evaluation of the health sector's disaster preparedness program components and activities. It should also note the interdisciplinary activities in the health field and the intersectoral nature of the program.

The main objectives of this aspect of the assessment are:

To determine the level of complexity of the national program;

To define the quality of its technical development;

To determine the response capacity and degree of authority for resources, mobilization, and coordination;

To define the level of involvement and training of human resources.

Sources of information:

In addition to the information provided by the Ministry of Health's counterparts, other sources must be considered. It is advisable to maintain direct contact with people actually involved in or familiar with a specific area. When assessing hospital disaster preparedness, on-site visits and walk-through activities must be considered.

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