SEA/RC58/6 - Health action in emerging including response to earthquakes and tsunamis of 26 December 2004
AbstractThe Tenth Meeting of Health Secretaries of countries in the SEA Region, held in Dhaka, on 3-4 July 2005, deliberated, among other subjects, on Health action in emergencies including response to earthquakes and tsunamis of 26 December 2004, which is also an Agenda item of the fifty-eighth session of the Regional committee. The background document (SEA/HSM/Meet.10/3) prepared for the meeting is attached. The Meeting of Health Secretaries recommended that WHO should assist in strengthening national emergency health preparedness and response capacities through: (a) conducting needs and risk assessments; (b) facilitating intercountry collaboration, exchange and mechanisms; (c) active collaboration with other agencies in the health sector in emergency preparedness and response initiatives; (d) ensuring wide dissemination of accurate technical information and implementation of guidelines, and (e) integrating the above recommendations in the workplans as early as possible. The Meeting further recommended that Member States should: (a) further strengthen their efforts in implementing resolutions SEA/RC57/3 and WHA58.1 relating to health emergencies; (b) institutionalize their Emergency Health Preparedness and Response programmes in ministries of health at the highest possible level with sufficient human and financial resources, and (c) engage communities and other sectors directly in the implementation of health programmes in emergency preparedness and response. The Agenda item is now submitted to the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). SEA/RC58/6 - Health action in emerging including response to earthquakes and tsunamis of 26 December 2004. New Delhi: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128761