Report on the Regional Consultation of SEA Region Member Countries on Keeping Health Facilities Safe from Disasters
Other TitlesWHO/SEARO, New Delhi, 15-17 April 2008
AbstractThe Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), endorsed by 168 countries at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan (2005), provides a global blueprint for disaster risk reduction and calls on nations to "promote the goal of hospitals safe from disasters" by ensuring that all new hospitals are built with a level of resilience that strengthens their capacity to remain functional in disaster situations, and to implement mitigation measures to reinforce existing health facilities, particularly those providing primary health care. The HFA suggested that thisinitiative be adopted as one of the priority actions to be implemented by 2015. The secretariat of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) together with the World Bank are partnering with governments, international and regional organizations, nongovernmental organizations and and individuals worldwide to raise awareness about how and why we must redouble efforts to protect health facilities and ensure they can function during and ini the aftermath of disasters. The these of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-09 is "Hospitals safe from disasters: reduce ris, protect health facilities, save lives". The regional and the global focus on this issue offer an important opportunity to bring about meaningful change. In light of the above, a regional consultation on keeping health facilities safe from disasters was organized at the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia to discuss the issue with Member countries to consider solutions to the challenges related to this topic.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Report on the Regional Consultation of SEA Region Member Countries on Keeping Health Facilities Safe from Disasters. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206322
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