Thailand becomes first in SEAR with WHO classified emergency medical team
Bangkok, 31 July 2019 – Thailand today became the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to get WHO classification for its emergency medical team (EMT). This classification makes Thailand EMT the 26th team in the international roster of WHO classified, internationally deployable medical teams.
EMTs are an important part of the global health workforce. Arriving where needed in the shortest time, and delivering quality care appropriate to the context, EMTs can help substantially reduce loss of lives during public health emergencies.
Major Earthquake Hits Sulawesi, Indonesia, 28 September 2018
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit Donggala District Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on 28 September 2018. The epicenter was 8 km northwest Donggala with the depth of 10 km. The earthquake hit 31 sub districts in Donggala and was felt strongly in Sirenja sub district and Donggala regency. The earthquake also affected Palu City and Parigi Mountong regency. A tsunami hit Palu City, provincial capital of Central Sulawesi around fifteen minutes after the quake.
Based on initial information from BNPB (National Disaster Management Agency) of Palu City and Donggala District (as of 29 September), 384 persons died, 540 people were severely injured and dozens of houses were damaged. Estimated affected population is more than 310 000 in Donggala regency, near the epicenter. Nearby major city is Palu city with maximum affected population of more than 350 000.
Lombok Earthquake (West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia), 5 August, 2018
A Magnitude 7 earthquake occurred on 5 August 2018 18:46 hrs, with epicenter at a depth of 10 km in the area of West Nusa Tenggara Province, Indonesia. According to latest government figure (9 August), there are 259 recorded fatalities, 1,033 injuries, 270,168 internally-displaced people, 64,534 damaged houses, and 429 damaged public facilities. Eight health centers (puskesmas) and 1 public hospital in North Lombok District and 2 health centers in East Lombok have been severely damaged.
The emergency response is being led and managed by the Government of Indonesia using its disaster management mechanisms and resources across sectors. So far 6 hospitals, namely the NTB provincial hospital, Mataram City Hospital, Patut Patuh Patju Hospital in Western Lombok, Selong Hospital in Eastern Lombok, Indonesian National Police Hospital and the Indonesian Armed Forces Hospital, have treated 943 inpatient, and 182 outpatient,; 193 surgeries/operation have been conducted.
Myanmar Floods - August 2018
Due to the monsoon season, floods and landslides have been reported in 9 out of 14 regions/states in Myanmar resulting in 152,541 people displaced and 17 deaths. The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is leading the response, with the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) spearheading the health response . MoHS activated the Health Emergency Operations Centre to monitor and coordinate an effective health response to the affected population. WHO is providing essential medicines, life jackets and operational support to MoHS in responding to the health needs.
New Book Releases
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- International Outbreak Response conducted by WHO and the Global Outbreak, Alert and Response Network
- Thailand becomes first in SEAR with WHO classified emergency medical team
- WHO SEARO holds first meeting of South-East Asia Regional Emergency Medical Team Working Group
- WHO Convenes Emergency Medical Team Technical Working Group on National Accreditation, 2-3 May 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia
- Bhutan Emergency Medical Team (BEMT) Capacity Building Workshop, 9-11 April 2019, Paro, Bhutan
- WHO Supports Bangladesh in strengthening emergency response capacities, March 2019
- Rohingya crisis: WHO introduces new software for epidemiologists to control disease outbreak; March 2019
- WHO and ASEAN (ARCH Project) conduct Emergency Medical Team Coordination Cell Training in Bangkok, Thailand , February 2019
- WHO Conducts National Emergency Medical Team Accreditation Coordination Workshop, Bogor, Indonesia, 27-28 February 2019
- WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, the Health Security Interface in WHO Headquarters and the WHO Country Office Sri Lanka conduct a training on Emergency Response in natural, accidental and deliberate events and operational readiness, 13 - 15 February 2019
- WHO SEARO conducts Mentorship Visit and EMT Workshop for Muhammadiyah Disaster Management Center Indonesia , 29 - 30 January 2019
- National Emergency Medical Team (EMT) Training in Bangkok, Thailand, 10 – 14 December 2018
- EURO Public Health Preparedness and Response Action Plan Ministerial Consultation
- WHO South-East Asia Regional and Country Offices Emergency Readiness Training IV
- Regional consultation on strengthening of emergency medical teams, 05-06 June 2018, New Delhi, India
- WHO South-East Asia Regional and Country Office Emergency Readiness Training-III, 10-12 April 2018, New Delhi, India
- WHO South-East Asia Regional and Country Office Emergency Readiness Training-II, 12-14 December 2017, New Delhi, India
- Regional Consultation for Networking and Coordination of Health Partners for Emergency Response; 28-29 November 2017, Bangkok, Thailand
- Regional Workshop on Strengthening Health Emergency Operations Centres (HEOCs) for Emergency Response, 6-8 November 2017, New Delhi, India
- Regional Meeting on Scaling-up Capacities in Emergency Risk Management in SEAR Countries, 2016
- Regional Meeting on Disaster Management in the Health Sector, Bangkok, Thailand, 6-8 June 2012.
- Second South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) Working Group Meeting, Delhi, India, 23-24 August 2012.
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