Disaster Preparedness & Response Division has been established to strengthen the Health Sector preparedness on disaster management in line with the Disaster Management Act No. 13 of 2005

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About DPRD

Sri Lanka is a country exposed to different kinds of natural hazards. As a direct or indirect effect of these hazards, disasters and emergencies are experienced leading to much human suffering. The foremost concern in any type of disaster/ emergency is to minimize this human suffering where the health sector has a critical role to play. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the heath sector of the country is prepared to respond effectively and efficiently in the event of a disaster.


Resilient health sector for safer communities.


To contribute towards a safer Sri Lanka through improving health sector functioning in relation to disasters, integrating disaster risk reduction into health sector and empowering communities as supporters on health sector disaster response.


Preparedness and Response

The speed and effectiveness of the health services in providing their services to the people affected by disasters, to a large extent, determine the probability of their survival and disaster resilience.
Emergency Management is about managing risks to communities and the environment. It is the core business of Emergency Services but every individual and organization has a part to play. Emergency Management is about: Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Leaders in organizations need to know their roles and responsibilities in each phase of the emergency management cycle and lead their organization through them.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Poverty eradication is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, and so is the commitment to leave no-one behind,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said. “The Agenda offers a unique opportunity to put the whole world on a more prosperous and sustainable development path. In many ways, it reflects what UNDP was created for.”

Capacity Building

Capacity in the context of disaster preparedness is defined as the sum of capability, resources and relationships aimed at reducing illness, disability and death from risks and at promoting health, safety and security. Therefore, capacity includes not only the physical infrastructure and resources but all other functional elements such as organizational structure, expertise, skills and attitude of the staff and other capabilities for disaster/emergency response.
In this respect, health managers need to do a reasonable risk, vulnerability and capacity assessment. They need to identify the activities required to carry out on a priority basis to make the institutions under them safer and able to respond to any disaster of a reasonable magnitude that may expected to occur in the area.

Safe Hospital Initiatives

The Safe Hospital Framework4 presents a structured approach for actions to strengthen the safety and preparedness of hospitals and health facilities for all types of hazards. It describes the framework’s vision and the scope of the work, with medium to long-term goals and achievable outcomes, and proposes four main components of Safe Hospital programmes. An implementation mechanism follows, with guiding principles that support implementation of key actions of the framework in a country setting.

Training in Disaster Management

With the increasing occurrence of disasters and with opportunities for disaster management activities to expand; many institutions have  initiated training programmes on disaster management. This is true  of the health sector as well. Many higher education institutions of the government sector, private institutions as well as non governmental organizations in the country are conducting training programs on health sector disaster management aiming at different categories of health staff. As the number of training programmes increases, their standards of training need to be monitored. Action will be initiated to standardize the training in health sector disaster preparedness and response as well as for accreditation of training centers.

sendai framework

The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders. It aims for the following outcome:
The substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries.
The Sendai Framework is the successor instrument to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. It is the outcome of stakeholder consultations initiated in March 2012 and inter-governmental negotiations held from July 2014 to March 2015, which were supported by the UNISDR upon the request of the UN General Assembly.



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Flood Operation Room 2016
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"Salawa" boom blast
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Sub National Preparedness
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HOPE Program
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Emergency medical response - WHO
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First Aid Training
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Monitoring and Evaluation
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Training Consortium
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Flood in May 2016
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PPE Training
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Flood in may 2016 Dengue activities
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Nepal Earthquake
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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sector Disaster Management
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Trade Union Action preparation
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PHEDMA – July, August and December
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Disaster Management workshops – BH Kantale
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Safe Hospitals Assessment and Strategic Plan for Safe Hospitals
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Civil Security Department Training
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Infectious Disease Drill

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