Preparedness and Response
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 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 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.
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.
Advisory Committee meting
Flood Operation Room 2016
"Salawa" boom blast
Sub National Preparedness
Emergency medical response - WHO
First Aid Training
Monitoring and Evaluation
Flood in May 2016
Flood in may 2016 Dengue activities
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sector Disaster Management
Trade Union Action preparation
PHEDMA – July, August and December
Disaster Management workshops – BH Kantale
Safe Hospitals Assessment and Strategic Plan for Safe Hospitals
Civil Security Department Training
Advisory Committee Meetings
Hospital Drill, BH-Wathupitiwala
Radio Nuclear Drill
Infectious Disease Drill
Nepal earthquake 2015