Since 1988 the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has been maintaining an Emergency Events Database EM-DAT. EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the WHO and the Belgian Government.
The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of humanitarian action at national and international levels. It is an initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness, as well as providing an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting.
Population growth and urbanization processes, trends in land use, increasing impoverishment of significant segments of the population, use of inappropriate technological systems in the construction of houses and basic infrastructure, and inappropriate organization systems, amongst others, are factors that have increased the vulnerability of the population vis-a-vis the wide diversity of physical and natural events.
UN CC:Learn opportunities:
Specialized introductory learning modules on
1)Climate Change and Cities
2)Climate Change and Human Health, which were developed with support from UN-Habitat and WHO respectively. These two modules are self-paced and free of charge.
Participants can also receive a certificate of each module after completing together with UN CC:Learn Introductory Course on Climate Change, which includes a core set of 6 basic modules.
WADEM is a multidisciplinary professional association whose mission is the global improvement of prehospital and emergency health care, public health, and disaster health and preparedness.
5 MAY 2015 ¦ GENEVA - Worldwide close to 80 million people are currently impacted by humanitarian emergencies arising from natural disasters and armed conflicts, such as those in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Yemen, and more recently, Nepal. WHO estimates 5% to 10% of these people suffer from a mental health condition such as depression as a result of the emergency.
This document explains FAO’s multidisciplinary approach in helping countries in the fight against threats to the human food chain. It offers examples of how FAO's supports countries to mitigate risks affecting the food chain. In this context, it draws special attention to information systems, monitoring and early warning systems.
The document can be used to help East African countries develop food control systems, and implement operational protocols that clearly outline the roles, responsibilities and process for early detection, prevention and control of food safety incidents.
Author: Dr. Sok Touch, MBDS Regional Moderator, Cambodia
Community Resilience to Emerging Infectious Diseases as part of local disaster risk reduction in Cambodia
Emerging diseases pose a most challenging threat to both the health system in the affected countries and the community at large especially when pandemic becomes a disaster. To cope with this situation, health and community system need to be reoriented to deal with a specific situation while being better prepared for similar threats or foreseeable conditions in the future.