TASW Newsletter, July 2015

Newsletter, July 2015




The official Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is now available online:

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - 2030
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015. It is the outcome of stakeholder consultations initiated in March 2012 and inter-governmental negotiations from July 2014 to March 2015, supported by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction at the request of the UN General Assembly.

Factsheet: Health in the Context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Health is a key element of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, adopted by member states in March 2015 at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015.  

More information and resources on the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction



Report from One Health Conference now available

cgiar.org, Jun 4, 2015 
Last month, over 300 delegates from 40 countries gathered in Madrid, Spain for the Global One Health Conference, focused on strengthening collaboration ...

OIE: Recommendations from the Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction Paris, France, 30 June – 2 July 2015

OIE, 6 July
The draft Conference recommendations, which aim to take into account the points raised in discussion on Thursday 2 July 2015, are now available for review and further comment.  Please submit your suggestions as specific proposed text changes in the document, with supporting explanatory rationale. Proposed deletions should be indicated in ‘strikethrough’ and proposed additions with ‘double underline’. Comments on these recommendations must reach OIE Headquarters by 15 July 2015 and all comments should be sent to the OIE Scientific and Technical Department at: scientific.dept@oie.int 


FAO in the 2015 Humanitarian Appeals: Enhancing Food Security and Resilient Livelihoods - Mid-Year Update

Food and Agriculture Organization, 22 June 2015
In 2015, the world continues to face an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises. Over USD 750 million are required to address the immediate challenges facing agriculture and food security in the countries and regions highlighted in this mid-year review of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ (FAO) participation in the 2015 humanitarian appeals. 

One Health Intitive Publications Overview 
Recognizing that human health (including mental health via the human-animal bond phenomenon), animal health, and ecosystem health are inextricably linked, One Health seeks to promote, improve, and defend the health and well-being of all species by enhancing cooperation and collaboration between physicians, veterinarians, other scientific health and environmental professionals and by promoting strengths in leadership and management to achieve these goals. 

Quarterly Early Warning Bulletin for Food and Agriculture ...

FAO, 20 July
In West Africa, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) is spreading in poultry (in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Niger and Nigeria).

Sharing knowledge to combat emerging threats - PMLiVE

PMLiVE-21 July
But that proportion is even higher in emerging diseases, like Avian and Swine Flu, SARS and MERS, the latter of which caused the closure of more than 700 ...


In public health emergencies, risk communication is essential

WHO, 26 June 2015 
Risk communication is an integral part of any public health emergency response. In epidemics and pandemics, in humanitarian crises and natural disasters, risk communication allows people at risk to understand and adopt protective behaviours.

Nepal: ICRC introduces new app to help reconnect families

International Committee of the Red Cross, 1 July 2015 
The ICRC has introduced Familylinks ANSWERS, a new web application to help reconnect families separated by the earthquakes in Nepal earlier this year. This new technology, which can also be used in times of other disasters, means families will be reconnected more quickly.


Global Risks: Pool Knowledge to Stem Losses from Disasters

Nature, 16 June

Public awareness, rigorous risk research and aligned targets will help policy-makers to increase resilience against natural hazards, say Susan L. Cutter and colleagues

Case study: Epidemic preparedness in Indonesia

IFRC, 23 June
Background Indonesia is one of the world’s most natural disasterprone countries. Earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, landslides and volcanic activity pose a constant threat to the safety and wellbeing of millions of people living across the 13,700 islands of the archipelago.

Follow up on Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public health Events in Civil Aviation (CASPCA) Global Symposium, 28-30 April 2015 

Herewith please find attached the Symposium newsletter from June 2015


WHO: Heatwaves and health: guidance on warning-system development

WHO, 1 July 2015
 Heatwaves are among the most dangerous of natural hazards that have a significant impact on society. “Heatwaves and health”, the new report launched today by WHO and the World Meteorological Organization, reviews how heatwaves contribute to a rise in mortality and morbidity and strain resources such as water, power, and transport. The report considers who is at risk from heat and outlines steps that can be taken towards effective warning systems.

Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health

The Lancet, June 2015
The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change maps out the impacts of climate change, and the necessary policy responses, to ensure the highest attainable standards of health for populations worldwide. This Commission is multidisciplinary and international, with strong collaboration between academic centres in Europe and China. The central finding from the Commission is that tackling climate change could be the greatest global health opportunity of the 21st century.

First-ever heatwave warning guidelines issued by UN as global temperatures soar

UN News, July 2015
1 July 2015 – Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heatwaves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring temperatures that killed hundreds of people in India and Pakistan last month.

The set of guidelines, jointly produced by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and entitled Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development, will seek to alert decision-makers, health services and the general public through the systematic development of so-called heatwave early warning systems which, in turn, will hope to trigger timely action in reducing the effects of hot-weather extremes on health.



A Tale of Two Recoveries: Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy 

Emergency Management, 26 June

Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy afforded an opportunity to conduct a natural experiment to compare recovery from 2 different storms and their effects on 2 different locales: coastal New Jersey in the case of Sandy and coastal Mississippi for Katrina.


The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) 3rd Call for Expressions of Interest
The Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) 3rd Call for Expressions of Interest is now open until 20th July 2015. The R2HC program funds public health research aiming to improve health outcomes by strengthening the evidence base of what works in humanitarian crises.

The following are priority areas the R2HC is interested to fund, although applications for research on other health issues are also invited:

  • Communicable diseases, including epidemics
  • Sexual and reproductive health and/or gender based violence
  • Cost effectiveness of health interventions
  • Ethical issues in the context of public health operations or research during humanitarian crises

All relevant information regarding applications, including core documentation to read before applying, is available at the following URL - http://www.elrha.org/r2hc/funding/.

Nepal Earthquake Exposes Gaps in Disaster Preparedness

The Lancet, May 2015
May 9, 2015 - The disaster, which also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, burying parts of the base camp, has left more than 7400 people dead and .... “Health facilities are completely non-existent in rural areas post-quake. ... The Lancet Journals.

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction - September 2015 Issue

Disaster Resilience Journal

International Journal of Health System and Disaster Management - July - Sept 2015 Issue


3rd GRF One Health Summit 2015
“Fostering interdisciplinary collaboration for global public and animal health”

October 04 – 07, 2015 - Davos, Switzerland

2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21/CMP11
Date: 30 November 2015 – 11 December 2015 
Location:  Paris, France

Training and Events calendar on PreventionWeb 


Disaster Prevention UN Website and Resources



We are in the processing of collecting data for the next TASW Newsletter to be released the second week of September, and would be grateful to receive an update of your organization’s activities for the months of July-August 2015. 

The newsletter is being used as an information and advocacy tool, intended to capture both ongoing programming, as well as priorities and activities for upcoming work. 

Grateful to receive the inputs by Monday, 7 September July, on tasw.network@gmail.com 
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any questions, suggestions or clarifications.



About TASW
Towards a Safer World (TASW) is a multi-stakeholder network  of practitioners on whole of society preparedness for pandemics  and comparable threats, led by the UN System.
The TASW Network is a diverse group of energetic and expert practitioners from a variety of sectors, organisations and countries demonstrated how they had initiated whole-of-society preparedness for pandemic and related threats. They also indicated their commitment to maintaining and refining the best practices they have developed. They agreed to communicate it widely, mainstream it within institutions, sustain it, reach out and engage others who might benefit from it, and to continue to learn from each other. They opted to maintain contact through a network that includes a broad range of partners from government, business, civil society, research groups and the military – from five continents. 
It builds on the significant investments and broad participation in pandemic preparedness since 2005, which have generated many practical lessons and innovations - relevant not only for improving responses to health crises, but also for strengthening societal resilience in the face of other major threats.
TASW Network promotes key good practices including:

  • coordination of multi-actor networks, including professionals from business, Government and civil society,
  • planning for the maintenance of critical services,
  • implementation of communication strategies,
  • simulations to test and validate contingency plans,
  • mobilisation of funds for preparedness and 
  • development of tools for measuring preparedness.

This periodic newsletter provides TASW network members with an opportunity to share recent activities, case studies and developments that may be of wider interest.

Contact us:
To send comments or suggestions please contact Dr. Chadia Wannous, Senior Advisor, 
email: tasw.network(at)gmail.com