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Centro de Informaciˇn y Servicios de Asesor╠a en Salud, CISAS Nicaragua

Language: Spanish, although some English language documents available
Available at: http://www.cisas.org.ni

English synopsis of the project:

The Centre for Health Information and Services (CISAS) in Nicaragua was one of the many NGOs forced to adapt its usual activities in the aftermath of hurricane Mitch to reflect the realities of the communities in which they had been working for many years. While engaging in physical reconstruction initiatives, such as the ‘healthy communities’ project, CISAS was also active in the political sphere lobbying with the Civil Coordinator for Emergency and Reconstruction (CCER) for a reconstruction process that did more than re-build past vulnerabilities. Unlike many organisations CISAS has maintained a ‘disaster’ focus and incorporated elements of disaster risk reduction into all its gender and health related activities, the majority of which are focussed on young people. As part of this on-going commitment the organisation has complied a ‘risk management’ web site bringing together relevant materials from the region. While the documentation is not specifically ‘gendered’ it is a very useful source of information written in Spanish and the CISAS publications provide an interesting focus on young people and children. The search facility allows access to their many other documents specifically related to gender, reproductive health and rights and gender and poverty related issues. This site will be useful for those interested in wider issues of around gender, rights and development, those interested in incorporating young people into risk reduction initiatives and more generally those seeking risk reduction literature in Spanish.

Key words: vulnerability, hurricane, NGO, development, health, youth