IANPHI Forms New Disaster Risk Management Group

IANPHI’s 2016 Annual Meeting in Shanghai, October 17-21, raised new awareness of global policy and action toward disaster risk reduction and possible engagement opportunities for NPHIs.

A technical session titled “Engaging NPHIs and IANPHI in Disaster Risk Reduction,” moderated by Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, focused on advocacy and implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 – which was adopted by 187 United Nations Member States and endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.  The framework evolved from the need to ensure that disaster risk reduction policy reflects an understanding of the complexity of disaster risk in the 21st century and includes health as a key outcome.  Implementation calls for a multi-sectoral, transdisciplinary, and collaborative all-hazards approach to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.  It provides an opportunity to align with 21st century global public health strategies through evidence-based policy and action – a key point of synergy with IANPHI and the mission of our member NPHIs. 

The group encouraged IANPHI and member NPHIs to:

  • Advocate on the centrality of health to emergency and disaster risk management
  • Incorporate the health aspects of the Sendai Framework within national emergency and disaster risk management policies and measures
  • Strengthen collaboration with ministries of health and other stakeholders to address emergency and disaster risk management
  • Strengthen the evidence base for health emergency and disaster risk management

IANPHI members are encouraged to attend the UN Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Platforms in the coming months and to register to attend the Global Platform in Mexico in May 2017. 

Additional Resources

Public Health England and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

2017: A strategic framework for emergency preparedness

National Disaster Risk Assessment

  • 2017 Governance System, Methodologies, and Use of Results - two sections on health hazards in particular but much of help here for each NIPH

Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017: Knowing better and losing less

  • Useful summaries of hazards to risk communication and provides a clearer summary of the role for health

Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology Relating to Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Provide detail on mortality, morbidity and health care infrastructure and functioning indicators that will be used to measure each countries implementation of the Sendai Framework

UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 held in Mexico in May the Chair's summary: From commitment to action  which states:

  • The direct impacts of health disasters are significant, and their cascading and cumulative human and economic impact is even greater. The impacts are often exacerbated by environmental degradation and weather-induced factors. There is a need to shift the focus from response to epidemics to prevention through a multi-disciplinary and ecosystem-based approach and by ensuring the operationalization of the Bangkok Principles for the implementation of the health aspects of the Sendai Framework.

IHR Joint External Evaluation Tool

Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

WHO Official StatementThe recent development of WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Group brings together representatives of Member States and academia who are committed to strengthening the evidence base for health policy and practice.

What are the health research needs of Sendai Framework? Chan EYY and Murray V. The Lancet,  Published Online June 19, 2017

Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM): Developing the Research Field within the Sendai Framework Paradigm. Lo, STT, Chan, EYY, Chan, GKW, Murray V, Abrahams J, Ardalan A, Kayano R,  Wai Yau JC. Int J Disaster Risk Sci (2017). doi:10.1007/s13753-017-0122-0

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