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Relevance of Health Information to the Situation in Haiti

In the aftermath of a disaster such as the recent earthquake in Haiti, health information can be a valuable resource. The following resources may be of use to libraries and librarians who may be called upon to provide such information.

NLM has an Earthquake topic page on MedlinePlus in English, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/earthquakes.html,  and in Spanish, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/earthquakes.html, which may be useful for general background information or for explaining earthquakes to children.

Relevant patient education materials are available via  MedlinePlus, including:  “Health Information in Haitian Creole (Kreyol),” http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/haitiancreole.html, and in French, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/french.html.  Information in multiple languages is also available from the Refugee Health Information Network, http://rhin.org. There are also many materials at NLM related to disaster recovery and long-term medical and mental health needs. 

The NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) does not have a specific emergency response role in an event like this unless requested by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Operations Center. However, the Center is available to assist librarians in providing information services in their institutions as their hospital, university, military unit, etc. responds to the earthquake.

For additional resources, see the NLM DIMRC website at http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc.html or the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit at http://nnlm.gov/ep/ .

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