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.