Conference

Bangkok Principles for the implementation of the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

The International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspect of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, held on 10-11 March 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand, recommended the following measures that could assist countries in implementing the health aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:

1. Promote systematic integration of health into national and sub-national disaster risk reduction policies and plans and the inclusion of emergency and disaster risk management programmes in national and sub-national health strategies.

Bangkok Principles on health risk agreed

BANGKOK, 11 March 2016 – Government officials and hazard risk management experts from various sectors today called on countries to put health resilience at the heart of disaster risk management in the face of crises such as the Zika virus outbreak.

They agreed seven recommendations to help countries face up to the fact that biological hazards “are part of the new normal and are here to stay”, in the words of Dr Bruce Aylward, the World Health Organization’s Executive Director a.i. Outbreaks and Health Emergencies.