Human resources for health

Nursing and Midwifery Network and Partners

Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN)

In response to increasing numbers of people affected by emergencies and disasters, the Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network (APEDNN) was formed during the Joint Asia Pacific Informal Meeting of Health Emergency Partners and Nursing Stakeholders in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2007. The network's mission is to promote nursing's ability to reduce the impact of emergencies and disasters on the health of communities.

"Nurses are often the first medical personnel on site after disaster strikes," (Dr Eric Laroche, WHO Assistant Director General for Health Action in Crises). "In these situations where resources are scarce, nurses are called upon to take roles as first responder, direct care provider, on-site coordinator of care, information provider or educator, mental health counsellor and triage officer."

  • Establish a system for ongoing interaction among members to strengthen collaboration and mentoring.
  • Collaborate with others in establishing the research agenda for emergency and disaster nursing.
  • Develop and share tools, materials and training programmes in emergency and disaster nursing education, services and research.
  • Identify best practice standards and develop evidence-based guidelines for emergency and disaster nursing practice.
  • Work with organizations (including the International Council of Nursing [ICN], the World Health Organization [WHO], leading stakeholders) to implement and validate emergency and disaster nursing competencies.
  • Implement mechanisms for timely and effective sharing of information and other resources on an ongoing basis, including times of crisis.
  • Disseminate information on the work of the network to inform and influence the development of emergency and disaster management policy and resource allocation.

APEDNN Meeting Reports