International Biodefense Enhancement Capabilities from a Policy Perspective   [open pdf - 4MB]

"Civilian populations across the world have a great deal to accomplish in the effort to enhance preparedness against potential mass casualty incidents. Strategies for Incident Preparedness: A National Model and the online Hospital Self-Assessment Tool (developed by CIMERC) will be made available in the Spanish language to address this global need. The need to provide strategic assessment and preparedness enhancement tools in diverse language sets was further underscored at the 2003 American Telemedicine Association meeting in Orlando, Florida. Major General Martinez-Lopez, during his speech at the International Day meeting, requested and encouraged international partnerships and ventures in the spirit of advancement. A partnership between CIMERC and eSalud Americas (formerly ERA Digital) to provide the Hospital Self-Assessment Tool and the Strategies for Incident Preparedness: A National Model for an international community represents one such opportunity. The proposed translation and adaptation effort and the implementation networking effort by eSalud Americas and CIMERC complements present efforts within Argentina. This collaboration and interaction with the Pan-American Health Organization will provide a major dissemination window starting with Argentina to the rest of Latin American cultures. Provision of the identified strategic tools will have an immediate impact on domestic and international preparedness for mass casualty incidents. CIMERC, presently a national biodefense repository, will begin to develop an international component that will invariably serve to complement both domestic and international emergency response practices."

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