2018, Number 26
INFODIR 2018; 14 (26)
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ABSTRACTDisaster prevention is fundamental for all countries in these times, the ability to prevent, anticipate, cushion its effects and recover from them efficiently and sustainably is vital. In the sphere of health, investment in the resilience of health systems is considerably more efficient than financing emergency responses, exacerbated by their fragility. A fragile health system increases the vulnerability of its population to external risks that have an impact on health, well-being and social and economic development. This requires the commitment of governments and society as a whole, to integrate actions that strengthen the health system, address the social aspects of health, reduce the risks of disasters and emergencies, and strengthen public health surveillance and control of disease outbreaks in the framework of sustainable development. Also, encourage the investigation of the characteristics of each health system to generate the necessary links with the resilience of the system. The consequences of disasters and health emergencies include enormous loss of life and infrastructures.
It is necessary to face these challenges with solid, strong health systems that are prepared to respond to the needs of individuals and communities.