Newsletter, October 2016





2017 Sasakawa Award to Recognize Reductions in Global Disaster Mortality

UNISDR, 10 October
GENEVA – Nominations for the 2017 Sasakawa Award are now being accepted and the judges want to recognize an individual, organization or initiative which has made a substantial contribution towards saving lives and reducing global disaster mortality. The deadline is 31 January 2017.

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May. It will be the first time the most important international forum dedicated to the disaster risk reduction agenda has been staged outside Geneva.

A working session will be organized on Health and Disaster Risk Reduction and another session on the role of Science and Technology to achieve the Sendai Framework goals. Let us know if you are interested to join the organizing teams of these sessions.

Visit the website of the 2017 Global Platform for more information about the sessions and the terms of reference of the Organizing Teams:



PAHO Creates New Health Emergencies Program

PAHO, Sept 2016
The program brings together the Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, the Unit of International Health Regulations/Epidemic Alert and Response, and Water Borne Diseases under a consolidated management structure that reports to the Director of PAHO.


WHO accelerates preparedness and response for natural disasters

WHO, Sept 2016
Natural disasters can strike anywhere, with little or no warning, and devastate entire communities. The earthquake that hit central Italy last week and the flooding that affected the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia earlier this month are 2 examples of the kinds of natural disasters that can occur in the WHO European Region. 


WHO: Interactive maps show high levels of air pollution

WHO, Sept 2016
GENEVA - A new WHO air quality model confirms that 92% of the world’s population lives in places where air quality levels exceed WHO limits*. Information is presented via interactive maps, highlighting areas within countries that exceed WHO limits.


As migration continues to accelerate in south-east Asia, UN health agency calls for a focus on migrants’ health

UN NEWS, Sept 2016
According to the news release, health and migration are key concerns of WHO member countries across the region – with Thailand, India, Bangladesh and Indonesia named among the top ten countries witnessing large movements of people in Asia. In addition, WHO notes that migration poses greater risk and vulnerability to infectious diseases, mental health disorders, maternal and neonatal mortality, substance use, alcoholism, malnutrition, violence and non-communicable diseases.

UN Summit: Disasters contribute to migrant crisis

UNISDR, Sept 2016
Governments at the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants have adopted a landmark declaration that underlines the role of environmental degradation, climate change and disasters alongside conflict as drivers of the ongoing crisis.


Coordination during disasters saves lives

WHO EURO, Sept 2016
Effective coordination among health facilities and front-line responders has been crucial to saving lives in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit central Italy on 24 August 2016. This affirms the critical importance of preparedness and coordination for disaster response.


Don't count on technology to save you in a disaster - researchers

Thomson Reuters, Aug 2016

Newfound enthusiasm for the latest technologies, such as drones and smartphones, to improve the way aid is provided to people in disasters may be overblown, experts warned on Thursday.  The annual World Risk Report from the United Nations University (UNU) highlights the growing interest in new technologies to improve emergency response - from drones that can survey crisis-hit areas to social media networks that allow survivors to communicate with the wider world.

USA: Inside a Secret Government Warehouse Prepped for Health Catastrophes
NPR: Shots, June 2016
When Greg Burel tells people he's in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they're like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever. "Well, no, not really," says Burel, director of a program called the Strategic National Stockpile at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Science, July 2016
A natural hazard need not become a human disaster if society learns and applies lessons in preparation and resilience.


CDC Launches Online Training on Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness and Response

CDC, Sept 2016

A new online course for federal, state, and local public health and other health professionals

At regional UN meeting, south-east Asian countries agree to establish dedicated health emergency preparedness fund

UN News, Sept 2016
Countries in the south-east Asian sub-region have agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream to build preparedness for health emergencies in the region, which is also one of the most disaster-prone in the world, the United Nations health agency has said.


VIDEO: Finding the Next Patient Zero: The Global Virome Project

World Affairs, July 2016
The frequency of epidemics is increasing, driven by surging populations, environmental change and globalized trade and travel. The SARS, pandemic influenza, MERS, Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks illustrate that the world is ill-prepared to deal with a large-scale viral pandemic. Experts have so far identified only a tiny proportion of viral threats, and few of these viruses have had vaccines or other counter-measures

A first look at ILRI’s new research programs: Animal and Human Health

ILRI, Oct 2016
ILRI’s new Animal and Human Health program brings together all health-related research at ILRI into one program. The program incorporates four thematic research areas: livestock vaccines and diagnostics, herd health, zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases, and food safety.

Superbugs: Why We Need Action Now

WHO, Sept 2016
"The world is in the midst of a different kind of public health emergency, one that is just as dramatic but not as visible. Except for the headline-grabbing 'superbugs,' antimicrobial resistance (AMR) doesn’t cause much public alarm."


WB:  By 2050, drug-resistant infections could cause global economic damage on par with 2008 financial crisis

The World Bank, Sept 2016
New research from World Bank shows that antimicrobial resistance would increase poverty and affect poorest countries the most.  The report: “Drug-resistant infections: a threat to our economic future” is available here.


WHO: A global threat to prevention and treatment: Antimicrobial resistance

WHO, Sept 2016
Antimicrobial resistance, also known as "drug resistance", threatens our ability to prevent and treat an ever-increasing range of deadly infections. Globally, 480 000 people develop multi-drug resistant tuberculosis each year, and antimicrobial resistance is complicating the fight against HIV and malaria. Without antibiotics, the major surgery and cancer chemotherapy are also compromised. Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to global public health.


November 3, 2016. World One Health Day

November 4-7, 2016. IMED ISID 2016 International meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, Vienna

November 10-11, 2016. 2nd Global Conference on One Health, Kitakyushu City

November 13-17, 2016. 65th Annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta, USA
December 4-7, 2016. One Health EcoHealth, Melbourne, Australia
Montreal to host Regional Platform in Americas for Disaster Risk Reduction - March 2017


International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

International Journal of Health System and Disaster Management  

Journal of Emergency Nursing/Disaster Management and Response

One Health 

Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control

Antibiotic Resistance — Problems, Progress, and Prospects — NEJM