April 5, 2000 Library Presentation
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About Jean Luc Poncelet
Stop Propagating Disaster Myths (October 99 issue DisasterCom .pdf file)
PAHO's Natural Disasters Myths & Realities page
PAHO's Publications and Guidelines on Donations page
Why A Sense of Deja Vu? (July 99 issue of Disasters .pdf file)
EIIP Virtual Online Library Presentation
Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet
EIIP Moderator: Avagene Moore
The EIIP Virtual Library discussion featured Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet, Regional Advisor, Disaster Preparedness Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, PAHO/WHO in Washington, D.C. Dr. Poncelet overviewed a paper entitled "Disaster Myths" and gave the audience an opportunity to interact with questions and comments. Pat Bittner, PAHO, was also online and available for comment.
There are several disaster myths; due to time constraints, Dr. Poncelet covered two in this discussion. Myth #1: It is useful to send any kind of assistance to disaster-affected populations. Myth #2: Foreign medical volunteers with any kind of medical background are needed.
JEAN LUC PONCELET
Jean Luc Poncelet currently serves as Regional Advisor, Disaster Preparedness Program for Latin America and the Caribbean, PAHO/WHO in Washington, D.C. Since 1986 he has served in Quito, Ecuador as Disaster Preparedness Program Coordinator for South America, Bridgetown, Barbados and St. John's Antigua as Caribbean Sub-regional Advisor, and in San Jose, Costa Rica as Program Officer for Disaster Preparedness for Central America.
He has participated in humanitarian operations after several disasters, among the most important: Earthquake in El Salvador (1986), Hurricane Joan in Nicaragua (1988), Hurricanes Gilbert (1988), Hugo (1989), and Luis in the Caribbean (1995), Civil unrest in Haiti (93-94), Tropical Storms Debby and Gordon in St. Lucia and in Haiti (1994), Chemical Accident in Barbados (1995), Earthquakes in Tena (1995) and Pujilli (1997) in Ecuador, el Nino Andean countries (1998), Hurricane Georges in the Caribbean (1998) and Hurricane Mitch in Honduras- Nicaragua and El Salvador (1998).
He has participated in the elaboration of several technical documents related to disaster management, and holds a Master in Public Health degree from Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
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