Human health highlighted in global disaster prevention plan
Ten years ago, the Hyogo Framework for Action was adopted. This was after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Now, the new plan lists protecting people’s health as a key to the outlines for global actions that will prevent the risk of disasters.
“In the 10 years since Hyogo, governments have increasingly recognized that healthy people are resilient people, and that resilient people recover much more quickly from emergencies and disasters," Assistant Director-General for Emergencies at the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr. Bruce Aylward said. "Recent and ongoing disasters – from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to the Ebola crisis in West Africa – highlight the centrality of human health to our collective goals in disaster risk reduction by all sectors."
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that there are 3 main initiatives that will support countries as they implement the new global framework. Improving overall health is the goal of those initiatives.
“The increased attention to health in Sendai reflects the needs and lessons learned from the Great East Japan and Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquakes,” Alex Ross, director of the WHO Kobe Centre in Japan, said. “In particular, we need to focus on the long-term psychosocial needs of survivors, of vulnerable groups such as older people and people with disabilities and the urban environment in order to build resilient health systems and communities.”
The outlines are currently being discussed and negotiated at the 3rd World Conference on Disease of Risk Reduction.