Regional Meeting on Scaling-up Capacities in Emergency Risk Management in SEAR Countries 29 November - 01 December 2016, WHO-SEARO, New Delhi, India

The WHO South-East Asia Region is vulnerable to emergencies and disasters. The 2015 World Disasters Report shows that over the past decade, the Region contributed to 24% of the global mortality due to disasters. Moreover, countries in the South-East Asia Region have also been taking active steps to prevent, detect and respond to outbreaks and epidemics of emerging and re-emerging infection such as H1 N1, MERS-CoV, Ebola and Zika.

There has been a lot of development in the areas of IHR and emergency risk management particularly with the global reviews on emergencies, IHR Expert Committee review, PIP Framework Partnership Contributions Review, the IHR Global Implementation Plan and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction that have increased interest on health security and also with the WHO Health Emergencies Programme.

In WHO SEAR, the 6th Flagship Area is on scaling up capacity building in emergency risk management. In July of 2015, a new department in SEARO was established: Health Security and Emergency Response. There is a need to review global and regional development, consolidate regional activities and plans for proactive strategies to address emergency risks in the South-East Asia Region. Furthermore, Member States need to be oriented on the structure and functions of the new department and also the new WHO Health Emergencies (WHE) Programme. Likewise, health partners and WHO country offices have to be briefed on these developments. The meeting on flagship priority area 6 on emergencies will benefit from the discussion with partners and key stakeholders and this will be a great opportunity to develop relevant strategic directions for emergency risk management.

Objectives

The general objective of the Regional Meeting is to strengthen emergency risk management in the South-East Asia Region. The specific objectives of the meeting are listed below:

  • To orient the Member States on global developments on emergencies and the WHO Health Emergencies (WHE)Programme
  • To review progress of implementation capacities in emergency risk management
  • To review regional activities on emergency risk management
  • To discuss strategic directions for the Flagship area on emergency risk management
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