Call for abstracts

Journal: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE)
Theme title: Sustaining Healthcare Facilities Performance during Natural Disasters

Background and Scope

Recent statistics suggest an increase in natural disasters around the world due to climate change and global warming. Although the annual number of fatalities has reduced since the start of the twentieth century, the number of affected people requiring immediate treatment has increased. The discontinuity of medical services in such events has encouraged the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) appeal to not let hospitals be victims of emergencies and it launched a global campaign, Hospitals Safe from Disasters. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva 16-19 June 2009 concluded by calling for a 50 percent reduction in disaster related deaths by 2015.

Important dates

  • 29 January 2010: Deadline for abstract submission
  • 26 February 2010: Decision and call for full papers
  • 30 June 2010:Full paper submission
  • Expected publication: 2011

 

In order to achieve this, critical facilities such as hospitals, fire departments, ambulance and police stations have to be sufficiently resilient to continue cooperating during disasters. Hospitals are of particular importance as they are central to dealing with the number of injuries typically associated with large-scale disasters. The International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment (IJDRBE) intends to publish a Themed Issue that brings together multi-disciplinary research findings in the field of healthcare resilience to natural disasters. The focus is on ‘Sustaining Healthcare Facility Performance during Natural Disasters’ such as floods, earthquakes, gale, and other events associated with climate change. The Issue has been designed for researchers and academics, policy makers and other professionals working with disaster prevention, mitigation, response and reconstruction responsibilities who wish to improve their working knowledge of both theory and practice. This issue will cover the following subjects.

  • Disaster prevention, mitigation, response and reconstruction

  • Restoration of healthcare infrastructure and rehabilitation

  • Assessment of disaster-related damage

  • Building resilience auditing

  • Compensation and insurance

  • Risk reduction and continuity management

  • Knowledge management practices at different phases of the disaster lifecycle

High quality original papers are invited within the "Sustaining Healthcare Facilities Performance during Natural Disasters" Themed Issue. All papers will be subjected to the journal’s usual double-blind peer review process.

Submission

At this stage, we are calling for abstracts with proposed title. These will be reviewed against the Themed Issue scope, and IJDRBE’s aim and objectives. Relevant authors will be asked to submit full papers. Any queries or abstracts should be submitted to the Guest Editors:

Dr Nebil Achour
Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University, UK
LE11 3TU
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Prof. Andrew Price
Department of Civil and Building Engineering
Loughborough University, UK
LE11 3TU
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