Hospital Preparedness in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

27th February 2021

India is one of the most disaster-prone countries and has its own set of potential disasters as well as the unique vulnerabilities of the community’s preparedness to respond to particular disasters. A study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) indicates that the deaths and damages increased globally due to natural or manmade disasters have also increased the cost to the global economy, up to USD 50,000 million per year. The death toll may vary from year to year, with a global mean of 250,000 deaths, of which major disasters kill an average of 140,000 people per year. In the year 2020, the death figure due to the COVID-19 virus can be horrifying, because of the vulnerability of the population.

The public health emergency and hospital preparedness, devastation from COVID-19 and parallelly other disasters like Cyclone Imphan, Nisarg, Assam Bhagjan Fire, Vizag gas leak and other disasters which have neen not reported, has highlighted the importance of hospital disaster preparedness and response.

Empowering individuals, communities and public agencies with knowledge on lowering risk and responding effectively in the event of a Disasters is need of the hour. This webinar is primarily focused on developing plans and response actions to deal with issues in hospital preparedness and resilience against Disasters, and public health emergencies.