Disaster Health in humanitarian emergencies depends on concerted efforts of different stakeholders. But more importantly, co-ordinated efforts with different sectors dealing with health needs to fall in place. The Asia Pacific region has seen some of the most disturbing disasters in recent times. Hurricane Irma, Mexico Earthquake, Typhoon Hato, Floods in States of Assam, Bihar, Gujarat in India and other on-going disasters are convincing enough to mainstream, prioritize and protect health systems and prepare health workers to respond to disasters. Addressing water and sanitation, hospital establishments, human settlement planning, nutrition in emergencies, women and child development services all need to be factored in besides other details necessary for risk reduction and resilience building.
India is going through demographic as well as epidemiological transition. The burden of communicable diseases outbreaks is on the decline as compared to last two decades while the burden of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancers, mental health and; injuries due to natural or man-made disasters have started increasing in India. Rapid adverse climate changes (unpredictable monsoon, frequent flash floods, droughts, cyclones, heat waves, cold waves, and worsening air quality in urban areas) are compelling enough to review, strengthen and institutionalize risk reduction, multi-sectoral capacity building and emergency public health preparedness.
Global policies like Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have called upon member States to mainstream disaster resilience in a sustainable development context.
Health systems are not prepared to address disasters and medical curriculum does not have much to offer. The lives and health of affected people in such situations depend on the nature of hazard, vulnerability, extent of exposure, preparedness measures undertaken and capacity of the system to respond. Women, children and the elderly face concerns of violence, trafficking and rape which remain large, besides not getting health services.
Health professionals may also feel overwhelmed with sudden upsurge of different diseases outbreaks, mortality and complexity of health problems and impact of disaster across multiple determinants of health. Emergency situations resulting from natural or human-induced disasters often trigger rapid assessment and health in emergencies calls for strengthening health systems.
The shortage of qualified public health professional in India make it essential to tap and train huge medical workforce available in these health-related sectors on how to protect, restore, maintain and promote public health during emergency situations.
CHD Group will organize this training in collaboration with Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka, UNICEF – HFO, SEEDS- New Delhi and other partners to develop competencies among health professionals and physicians-in-training regarding health in humanitarian emergencies and disaster risk reduction and prepare them for disaster response in times to come. The two day programme schedule will be annexed later.
Participants and Resource Persons
The target participants will include Government and Private Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Science professionals, Public Health professionals, MSWs, BSWs and students of medicine – undergraduate and post-graduate besides other stakeholders in the field.
1) Edmond Fernandes – Key Trainer.
Dr. Edmond Fernandes, is a Doctor of Medicine and an International Public Health Consultant leading efforts for CHD Group ( Center for Health and Development) as Founder and CEO and is a Member – Health Task Force, DDMA, Government of Karnataka. He is a Legislative Fellow 2017, Supported by US Department of State. He writes actively for The Times of India and DNA which are national dailies in India, Has authored 2 books which according to media houses, made him Mangalore’s youngest author then and has played several turn-key roles in building global health futures. He has 15 publications, written over 145 articles in print and electronic media and pushed for 17 public policy reforms in India and globally. He has worked extensively in integrating DRR and Health Systems at policy levels, besides capacity building and shaping sectoral resilience both at top tables of governance and at the very grass-roots.
2) Dr. Joylene Almeida – Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Fr Muller Medical College Hospital.
Venue, Registration Fees and implementation arrangements
Participants are required to register for the workshop. The registration fee is Rs 3500 for the two days. The organizers are not responsible for the accommodation.
The registration should be made in favor of: (NEFT Preferred)
Center for Health and Development (CHD Group)
Account no: 1333101247528
Canara Bank, Balmatta Road, Mangalore
IFSC Code: CNRB0001333
Note: After you have made the NEFT Transaction, Kindly email both the contact persons mentioned there with your transaction ID for confirmation.
Venue: Will be notified later. Location with map and route will be communicated in subsequent emails.
Maximum Participants: 35 only. No spot registration. Registration closes once maximum number reached. Last minute requests will not be entertained.
Dr. Edmond Fernandes, Founder and CEO, CHD Group
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with a CC to email@example.com
Dr. Celian, Asst Director, CHD Group
Partners ( will be updated upon Confirmation)
- UNICEF India
- Department of Health and Family Welfare Services, Government of Karnataka
- SEEDS, New Delhi