TASW Newsletter, June 2016



Dear TASW network members,

We are pleased to inform you that we are resuming the email updates for Towards a Safer World (TASW) Network. As always the aim is to share with members of the Network the latest updates, experience and innovation, case studies, and best practices of initiatives and projects aimed to strengthen pandemic and disaster preparedness and response.
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Healthy ecosystems shield against disasters
UNISDR, 2 Jun 2016
Healthy and well-managed ecosystems offer a buffer against hazards and can support local resilience by sustaining livelihoods, making them a cornerstone of efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Links Between Public and Ecosystem Health in Light of the Recent Ebola Outbreaks and Pandemic Emergence
EcoHealth Journal, First online: 11 May 2016 (DOI 10.1007/s10393-016-1123-y)

Publication: Economic Analysis of Animal Diseases
FAO, 2016
Animal health and economics are closely linked. Any decision taken to prevent, control and eliminate an animal disease is based not only on the technical knowledge available about a particular disease but also on the effectiveness and socio-economic aspects associated with interventions and mitigation measures implemented by governments, producers and all the actors along the livestock value chains.

India leading the way by including animals in National Disaster Management Plan
World Animal Protection, 3 June
Measures to protect, rescue and care for animals during disasters, will now be standard across all disaster management planning, ensuring animals are never the forgotten victims of disasters. 

WHO: Meeting the challenge of antimicrobial resistance
6 JUNE 2016 - A final report and recommendations of the Review on AMR led by Lord Jim O’Neill was presented in New York on 6 June 2016.
More than 30 000 women lose their lives each year globally due to birth-related infections, and even more newborn babies—more than 400 000 yearly— die as a result of severe infections. This situation will only deteriorate if and when antibiotics which treat infections become less effective.



Event: The Global Virome Project: How We Can End the Pandemic Era

Dr. Peter Daszak and the scientists of EcoHealth Alliance cordially invite you and a guest to a special presentation and cocktail reception.

November 3, 2016. World One Health Day

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

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

December 4-7, 2016. One Health EcoHealth, Melbourne, Australia

Training and Events calendar on PreventionWeb

Additional resources:

Recent One Health Articles on Elsevier

One Health Initiative News




Health emergencies



World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme

WHO, 25 May
WHO Member States today agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.

The 6 key areas of emergency reform

1. Unified WHO emergency programme
2. Global health emergency workforce
3. IHR core capacities and resilient national health systems
4. Improvements to the IHR
5. Accelerated research and development
6. International financing/Contingency Fund

The Fifth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (22-26 May 2017, Cancún, México. Visit the website of the Global Platform 2017: http://www.unisdr.org/gp2017


Building resilience to enable vulnerable people cope with natural disasters and pandemic threats
FAO, May 2016
24 May 2016, Istanbul - World Humanitarian Summit: FAO stresses early warning, better management of risks and crises. Building resilience is crucial to enable fragile communities, especially in rural areas, cope with the increasing frequency and magnitude of natural disasters and the growing threat of pandemic diseases, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today told participants at the World Humanitarian Summit.

Asia-Pacific: climate prediction tool to mitigate damage of extreme weather
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), 8 June
Asia-Pacific economies have been suffering from extreme temperatures since late 2015 to the early months of this year. In Papua New Guinea, 2.7 million people are affected by drought, a quarter of whom face critical food shortage.

European Commission launches Sendai Action Plan for disaster risk reduction

Second Global Conference on Health and Climate - Building Healthier Societies through implementation of the Paris Agreement
Dates: 7–8 July 2016
Place: Paris, France

Does disaster risk increase or reduce in Latin-American and Caribbean countries? An implication from the IDB’s Disaster Risk and Risk Management Indicators
PreventionWeb, June 2016
In disaster risk management we need to monitor whether a disaster risk condition is reducing or increasing, and analyze the reasons before taking any action to reduce potential risks. The question raised here is how can we monitor disaster risk management situations?

Training and Events calendar on Prevention Web


First Aid Philippines: A no-nonsense app for emergency preparedness

Rappler-12 Jun 2016

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Red Cross now has its own first aid and disaster preparedness application for smartphones and tablets.

See also:

American Red Cross Mobile Apps for Emergencies
This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.


Thousands of migrants are dying at sea. This app uses satellite data tries to save them

Wired.co.uk-13 Jun 2016

This app uses satellite data to try and save them ... According to the International Organisation for Migration, in March this year migration ... The Italian Red Cross provided emergency medical care to the 753 migrants rescued.



Local Businesses Prepare for the Next Big Disaster
Emergency Management, 3 June
Disasters and businesses focused on helping businesses prepare for natural and man-made disasters such as tornadoes, severe storms, contagions or acts of terrorism.


Risk and Benefit Analysis of Gain of Function Research - Final Report (PDF)

Gryphon Scientific, April 2016
This project is divided along the three major tasks, each of which requires a distinct data collection and
analysis approach: 1) a risk analysis (RA) of accidents and natural disasters, 2) a biosecurity RA, and 3) a benefit assessment.

The needs of people with diabetes and other chronic conditions in natural disasters
Despite there being a significant increase in morbidity and mortality in those with chronic conditions, the main focus in disaster response and recovery has been on acute medical conditions and first aid. Over recent years, there has been a shift to considering the effects of natural disasters on people with chronic conditions when planning for emergencies and natural disasters.



NEPAL EARTHQUAKE 2015 - Post Disaster Recovery Framework 2016 – 2020
Even before friends from neighbouring countries and further afield arrived to help, communities set up emergency shelters, neighbours took
in neighbours, young people organised to provide much-needed help. Our military, police, fire fighters and emergency response services galvanised to rescue people trapped in the rubble and to provide emergency care.


Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

CDC, 1 June, 2016
During and after a disaster it is natural to experience different and strong ... you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster.


Disaster Recovery, Challenges and Lessons: UNDP, 2016
Disasters occur on a continual basis across the globe, bringing in their wake large-scale damages and losses to countries and communities. They destroy public infrastructure, disrupt basic services, cause loss of lives and disrupt livelihoods. Disasters often make the world’s poor fall further into poverty. In fact, developing countries with highly vulnerable populations face the highest risk. Moreover rapid population growth and more people living in cities than ever before, overcrowded urban centres are putting people, assets and critical infrastructure at extreme risk.

Post Disaster Needs Assessment
A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment and Recovery Framework (PDNA/RF) together comprise an approach to harmonize the assessment, analysis and prioritization of damages, losses and needs by a range of stakeholders (United Nations agencies and programmes, the World Bank, donors, non-governmental organizations) in support of the national government.
PDNA is a government-led exercise, with integrated support from the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Bank and other national and international actors. A PDNA pulls together information into a single, consolidated report, information on the physical impacts of a disaster, the economic value of the damages and losses, the human impacts as experienced by the affected population, and the resulting early and long-term recovery needs and priorities.


World Humanitarian Summit - Key Documents
WHS, May 2016
The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016. The Summit was an opportunity for global leaders to announce commitments for millions of people who are vulnerable to conflicts and disasters. At the Summit, Heads of State and Government, community leaders, businesses, and humanitarian organizations announced major commitments to action, launched new partnerships aimed at saving lives, and highlighted innovations which helped reduce suffering and uphold humanity in times of crisis.

Why the World Humanitarian Summit Meeting in Turkey Really Does Matter

Foreign Policy, 16 June

The Istanbul summit pushed governments, U.N. agencies, and ... Humanitarian crises will persist until world leaders muster the political will to ...


3 Takeaways From The World Humanitarian Summit

Huffington Post Canada-15 Jun 2016

The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) concluded in Istanbul on May ... Leaders of the world's humanitarian institutions can and should do ...


World Humanitarian Summit: political breakthrough or fringe festival?

Thomson Reuters Foundation-6 Jun 2016

When the World Humanitarian Summit came to a close in Istanbul, a lot of people (myself included) felt conflicted. Had the two-day meeting and ...

Connecting People and the Private Sector

Devex- 26 May 2016

Stakeholders, agencies and influencers from around the world attended the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, to deliver on policies, share lessons ...


International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction

International Journal of Health System and Disaster Management - April-June 2016 Issue

Journal of Emergency Nursing/Disaster Management  and Response


Emergency Medicine



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