WPRO EHA reviews safe hospitals project 2-4 March 2011

9 March 2011 – The Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA) unit of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO), in partnership with the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), conducted the midterm review of the second phase of the Hospitals Safe from Disasters (HSFD) campaign on 2-4 March 2011 in Manila.

The second phase of the project aims to expand mapping and assessment of different levels of hospitals in small and medium sized cities, integrate HSFD concepts in national development plans and policies, and support further development and adaptation of tools and resources. This will mainstream disaster risk reduction in the health sector within the framework of the global campaign for safer cities in 2010-2011.

More information on WPRO Safe hospitals project 

HSFD Project documents

Sixty-third World Health Assembly

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Will health services function when most needed? Experiences from recent earthquakes

19 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland

Kathmandu Declaration on Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters

Health Ministers from WHO's 11 Member States in South-East Asia have committed themselves to making health facilities more resilient by adopting the Kathmandu Declaration on Protecting Health Facilities from Disasters. This declaration was adopted at the conclusion of the Twenty-seventh Health Minister’s Meeting in Kathmandu in September 2009.

Read the declaration

World Health Day: focus on making hospitals safe in emergencies

APRIL 2009 | GENEVA/BEIJING -- WHO is today celebrating World Health Day by focusing attention on the large numbers of lives that can be saved during earthquakes, floods, conflicts and other emergencies through better design and construction of health facilities and by preparing and training health staff.

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World Health Day 2009

Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

WHO is recommending six core actions that governments, public health authorities and hospital managers can undertake to make their health facilities safe during emergencies. These include training health workers, designing and building safe hospitals, retrofitting existing health facilities to make them more resilient and ensuring staff and supplies are secure.

“With our world threatened by the harmful effects of climate change, more frequent extreme weather events and armed conflicts, it is crucial that we all do more to ensure that health care is available at all times to our citizens, before, during, or after a disaster,” said WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan.

One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Initiative

The 'One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Initiative' was launched in Manila on 8 April 2010. The initiative with the slogan “Make a Pledge, Save a Life” encourages an individual, a family, community, organization, government, or business entity to pledge to make a school or hospital safer from disasters in three ways: as an advocate, leader or champion.  


Read the the Advocacy Guide

One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals in Indonesia - July 2010

More information from the ISDR website

IRIN news: When hospitals become casualties

Making Our Hospitals Safe from Disasters is on Facebook

Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER 3) from 2009 – 2014

New Publication ADPC 

Newsletter: Safer health facilities from disaster risk reduction initiatives

ADPC website

Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre will undertake the 60 months project, Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER 3) from 2009 – 2014. The key objectives of the project are to enhance disaster response capacity, reduce mortality, and increase the survival rate of disaster victims at all levels in nine (9) Asian countries, namely, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam; to establish system for enhancing community-level first responder capacity in disaster-prone communities in the six PEER program countries and to improve the capacity of hospitals and medical facilities to be prepared to manage emergencies and mass casualty events in non-PEER countries in Asia.
WHO-CDC Bibliography on Safe Health Facilities

WHO has partnered with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) in on the development of an extensive bibliography on Safe Health Facilities. The database of more than 500 citations from many sources and in multiple languages has been refined from over 6000 original citations . The citations have been grouped in the following categories:

  • assessments
  • case studies and lessons
  • exercises and training
  • facility design and construction
  • general preparedness
  • integration and coordination
  • plans and planning
  • recovery
  • security
  • supply management and essential services
  • surge capacity   
  • tools and guidelines

CRID (Panama), US National Library of Medicine (NLM) and PAHO have provided guidance on the project. The bibliography complements CRID's collection of about 50 full-text articles on Safe Hospitals. A search engine will be provided to enable searching of the bibliographic database.

Para salvar vidas: hagamos que los hopitales sean seguros en las situaciones de emergencia

Día Mundial de la Salud - 7 de abril de 2009

El Día Mundial de la Salud 2009 se centrará en la seguridad de los establecimientos de salud y la preparación del personal sanitario que atiende a los afectados por situaciones de emergencia. Los centros de salud y el personal sanitario, de vital importancia para la población vulnerable en caso de desastre, son fundamentales para tratar lesiones, prevenir enfermedades y atender las necesidades sanitarias de la población.

Los centros de salud y el personal sanitario cubren las necesidades diarias que deben seguir atendiéndose en situaciones de emergencia, tales como, por ejemplo, los servicios de tocología, inmunización y atención de las enfermedades crónicas, y por ello son esenciales para la atención primaria en las comunidades. Sin embargo, los sistemas de salud que se encuentran en situación precaria a menudo no son capaces de seguir desempeñando su labor durante un desastre, lo que tiene consecuencias inmediatas y futuras para la salud pública.

Declaración de la Directora General de la Organización Mundial de la Salud

Día Mundial de la Salud página web

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