International Day for Disaster Reduction 2009

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WHO online radio podcast  - Providing health care in times of crisis

WHO experts in disaster risk reduction, along with Goodwill Ambassador Jet Li, discuss why it is crucial to make hospitals safe from disasters. Listen to this episode - duration 5 min [mp3 2.9Mb]

Special report

Review of five London hospital fires an their management.  London National Health Services sites experienced number of significant fires during 2008/09. The experiences in London demonstrate the critical importance of being prepared for emergencies - this report shares lessons learned to support people in the wider National Health Services when developing local plans.

Half of the main hospital in Padang, Indonesia, was destroyed in the 30 September 2009 earthquake.WHO is teaming up with UN, national and non-government partners to mark this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 14 October 2009, which is dedicated to the need to make "Hospitals Safe from Disasters." The day coincides with the culmination of the two-year World Disaster Reduction campaign based on the same theme and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, WHO and the World Bank.

Events were held worldwide to mark the IDDR, with a key global event taking place in London on 14 October (hosted by the UK Health Protection Agency) and related events in countries such as China, Egypt, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, South Africa, Tajikistan and Thailand.

WHO launched a Thematic Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction for Health, bringing together national and international health partners in a forum to promote best practice in reducing the threat to health from hazards and making health systems better prepared to respond.

The IDDR builds on the ongoing World Health Day campaign of WHO dedicated to a similar theme, "Save lives. Make hospitals safe from emergencies.

Events around the world 14 October 2009

- Bangkok, Thailand
- Canberra, Australia
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan
- Kathmandu, Nepal
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London, United Kingdom
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Panama City, Panama
- South Africa (14-15 October 2009)

Press release

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Flyer

English [pdf 1.77Mb] | Frensh [pdf 435kb] | Spanish [pdf 442kb]

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Special Report

Journal of Pre-Hospitals and Disaster Medicine. Evacuation and Sheltering of Hospitals in Emergencies: A Review of International Experience

Review of London hospital fires and their management. London National Health Services sites experienced number of significant fires during 2008/09. The experiences in London demonstrate the critical importance of being prepared for emergencies - this report shares lessons learned to support people in the wider National Health Services when developing local plans.

Multimedia

Live podcast of Global event from London

14 October 2009. World leaders in the field of disaster risk reduction and heath will advocate the importance of protecting health facilities against disasters, achievements made and challenges that still exist. Analysis of the impact of recent disasters on health systems, guidance on best practice to protect hospitals and clinics, and announcements on measures to strengthen disaster risk reduction in health will be discussed.

Watch the recorded podcast 2 h 30 min [.wmv] | [.mpg] | [.mp4]

WHO Goodwill Ambassador Jet Li

WHO Goodwill Ambassador Jet Li talks on the importance of making sure hospitals can withstand disasters to keep protecting the health of people.

Jet Li is a Chinese international film star, famous for his knowledge of the Chinese martial arts. He was appointed as WHO Goodwill Ambassador earlier this year. His first official function as Goodwill Ambassador was the launch of World Health Day on 7 April 2009 in Beijing.

Listen to Jet Li's message [.wmv: 1.46 min] | [.mpeg][.mp4] |World Health Day 2009

Watch 30 second PSA promoting "Hospitals Safe from Disasters"

 

Cover image for the WHO podcast
WHO online radio podcast

WHO experts in disaster risk reduction, along with Goodwill Ambassador Jet Li, discuss why it is crucial to make hospitals safe from disasters.

Listen to this episode - duration 00:05:02 [mp3 2.9Mb]