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PAHO Publication on Information Management and Communication in Emergencies and Disasters

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) coordinates a Regional Disaster Response Team and supports country efforts to develop national health sector teams to respond to emergencies and disasters. The role of these multi-disciplinary teams of specialists is to produce quality information which can be shared with the people and agencies that need it– on time, in the proper format, and distributed through the most appropriate channels.

This new publication provides recommendations on dealing with the context and conditions where information is needed, guidelines on producing reports and distributing information for different audiences, how to manage communication media, and planning the work of communication during emergency response. It complements other PAHO/ WHO efforts in communicating for risk management.

The entire 139-page document may be downloaded as a PDF file for free in English or Spanish: (English) or (Spanish). The publication may also be ordered from .

For more information on the publication, see the PAHO website at  or

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