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.

World Health Day 2009 - 7 April 2009

World Health Day 2009 focuses on the safety of health facilities and the readiness of health workers who treat those affected by emergencies. Health centres and staff are critical lifelines for vulnerable people in disasters - treating injuries, preventing illnesses and caring for people's health needs.

World Health Day 2009 website

International Day for Disaster Reduction 2008

GLOBAL, 8 October 2008. The International Day for Disaster Reduction raises the profile of disaster risk reduction and encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more resilient communities and nations. This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is on making hospitals and health facilities safe from disaster. The Day is being marked the world over by the United Nations, governments, organizations and the public. UNISDR, the WHO and national governments are working together to raise awarenss of disaster risk reduction on 8 October and launch new tools like the Hospital Safety Index.

Launches of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009: Hospitals Safe from Disaster

Global launch

The Davos launch of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign: Hospitals Safe from Disasters, brought together inspirational and dedicated leaders from the world of politics, business, health, research, development, and disaster risk reduction, to advocate for how we all can work to reduce risk, protect health facilities, and save lives.  Chaired and introduced by John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, the panel included WHO ADG Dr Ala Alwan, Princess Zahra Aga Khan, Mary Robinson, Richard Newfarmer of the World Bank, Walter Fust of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Walter Ammann of the IDRC and Global Risk Forum GRF Davos.
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