Forty-first session


Health Aspects of Emergency Preparedness

         The Regional Committee,

         Having reviewed the report submitted by the Regional Director; *

         Recognizing the vulnerability of Member States to disasters and their concomitant adverse effects on health development;

         Noting the considerable efforts already made by Member States to be prepared to deal with disasters;

         Acknowledging with appreciation the considerable contributions made by governments and other organizations to disaster relief and rehabilitation;

         Noting with satisfaction WHO's initiative in developing awareness of the importance of sound planning for emergencies;

         Confirming their full support for the World Health Assembly resolution WHA42.16 on Fostering the goals and objectives of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction in the health sector;

  1. URGES Member States:
    (1) to review the health component of their national programmes for disaster preparedness and response in the light of new technologies and changing country situations;
    (2) to promote the complete involvement of the health sector in national plans for overall disaster preparedness and response at all levels, with particular attention given to planning and training at the community level and intersectoral cooperation at all levels;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to support Member States in reviewing and updating health sector programmes for disaster preparedness and response;
    (2) to promote the exchange of information on training opportunities, technological advances and educational materials for the management and use of the health component of disaster preparedness and response;
    (3) to support training and research opportunities in all aspects of emergency preparedness and response with emphasis on establishing networks and strengthening regional capabilities in this field;
    (4) to support Member States in rapidly assessing health needs and coordinating health relief for immediate, flexible and effective response, in collaboration with other appropriate

* WPR/RC41/10

13 September 1990

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