Webinar: Resilient Health Systems and Services in the Context of Emergencies and Disasters – From Policy to Practice – – PAHO/WHO


Join us on June 28 at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and attend the webinar​”Resilient health systems and services in the context of emergencies and disasters: from policy to practice”.

This two-hour webinar will be hosted via Zoom, with simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and International Sign Language.

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The objective of this webinar is to highlight lessons and best practices related to health emergency preparedness and risk reduction efforts, as well as to draw lessons from past emergency response experiences in the Region. , starting with the current COVID-19 pandemic which has further exposed vulnerabilities in health systems and services. We will present and discuss how best to integrate these lessons to promote the development of resilient health systems and services in the Americas.

With this in mind, the webinar will focus on sharing successful global and regional experiences and strategies to advance emergency and disaster risk reduction as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation; promote an inclusive and multi-hazard approach to health disaster risk management and support the expansion of medical care delivery capacity through Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs).

The context

Over the past 20 years, national health systems around the world have faced challenges and crises that have directly affected their ability to meet the needs of their populations. During this period, one in four disasters occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), resulting in 289,055 deaths and affecting almost 277 million people, with losses estimated at more than 1.27 trillion U.S. dollars. The Region of the Americas is a region at risk. 88% of hospitals in the Region are exposed to natural hazards, floods being the most recurrent, followed by hurricanes, landslides, earthquakes and volcanic activity, 43% of these establishments being located in high risk areas of exposure. Read more


The event will be organized in two parts:

An institutional session with thematic presentations by PAHO and WHO experts examining key global and regional priorities and perspectives on building resilience in health.

A high-level panel in the form of a round table. This session will facilitate the sharing of experiences among the different stakeholders of the Region of the Americas around the significant preparedness and response efforts implemented at the country level.

*A chat room will be open to the public to submit questions upon registration and throughout the event.


Dr. Ciro Ugarte
Director, Health Emergencies

Key messages and global and regional perspectives

Resilient health systems
(10 mins)

Dr. Amalia Del Riego
Chief of Unit, Health Services and Access PAHO/WHO

Risk management and resilience of health services
(10 mins)

Dr Qudsia Huda
Head of Unit, Disaster Risk Management and Resilience
WHO Health Emergencies Program

Resilient hospitals:
Design, implementation and evaluation

(10 mins)

Dr Awad Mataria
Director, Universal Health Coverage/Health Systems
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)

The WHO-EMRO experience on resilient health services.
(10 mins)

Dr Dalia Samhouri
Program Area Lead, Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)

Round table
Resilient hospitals: integrated networks of safe, sustainable and inclusive health services

Moderator: Dr. Alex Camacho Advisor, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Risk Reduction, PAHO/WHO

Lic. Paola Pontoni
Head of Department, Emergency and Disaster Risk Management, Chilean Ministry of Health

Mrs. Shalini Jagnarine
Consultant, Disaster Risk Reduction, PAHO/WHO Jamaica

Experiences in deploying Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs)
(10 mins)

Dr. Mario Vilchez
Director, CAED
Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Costa Rica

Implementation of the methodology for disability inclusion in hospital disaster risk management

(10 mins)

Dr. Virginia Herzig
Director, Risk Management, Ministry
Guatemala Health

Dr. Celso Bambaren
Chief of Unit, Country Preparedness for Health Emergencies and IHR, PAHO/WHO

How to participate

Date: June 28, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EST)

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Concept Note

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