Minimizing health impact of emergencies and disasters
Our Region is highly susceptible to disasters, especially those caused by natural hazards, as recently evidenced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in Solomon Islands. Such events highlight the need to shift to a disaster risk management (DRM) approach that encompasses four phases: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Our DRM for Health (DRM-H) approach requires collaboration among sectors. At the subnational level, DRM-H is tailored to local contexts. This approach emphasizes the active and central role of health sectors in effectively managing disaster risks and minimizing their impacts.