Benchmarking Emergency Preparedness
Emergency and Humanitarian Action
The Tsunami and Earthquake on 26 December 2004 and the many recurring disasters in the South-East Asia Region continuously highlight the importance of improving national emergency preparedness. In recognition of this, WHO SEARO and the 11 SEAR Member states have formulated twelve benchmarks on emergency preparedness and response during a Regional Consultation in November 2005. The benchmarks integrate multisectoral concerns at community, sub-national and national levels and the Framework has been elaborated with corresponding standards and indicators to facilitate planning, monitoring and evaluation. In the coming years, the gradual achievement of the benchmarks at various levels will serve to build capacity, secure intersectoral linkages, improve planning and legislation and ultimately reduce the vulnerability of communities and systems.