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Earthquake in Colombia: the tragedy of the coffee growing region. Health impact and lessons for the health sector

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  • * The advice and collaboration of sociologists from the Universidad Tecnológica of Pereira has been excellent for identifying community needs and values and for reinforcing social participation.

  • The State (Departmento) of Antioquia concentrated all its help in one town, mobilising the different kind of resources (technical, financial, etc) from diverse governmental, non-governmental and private organisations and institutions.

  • This paper was written by Helena E Restrepo, based on interviews with the Health Directors of Quindío and Armenia, Jaime Gallego (Chief of Quindío Health Institute) and Olga A Nieto (Secretary of Health of Armenia City), and on the review of reports and documents produced by their collaborators, advisors and professionals from different organisations and institutions working in the area affected by the earthquake.