Evidence is vital to well-informed decision making in Health Emergency and Disaster Risk management. The research that provides this evidence must be high quality and fit for purpose. The WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management was published in 2021, involving 164 authors from 30 countries, WHO Headquarters and Regional Offices (PAHO, AFRO, EMRO, EURO, SEARO, WPRO). This comprehensive guidance covers 43 chapters, entailing the design, implementation and reporting of research during and after emergencies and disasters. It aims to provide guidance for researchers, would-be researchers, policy-makers and practitioners in order to:
- Improve the quality of research in Health EDRM.
- Improve the quality of the policy, practice and guidance that is supported by evidence from such research.
- Increase research capacity among researchers and the research community, including new researchers, experienced researchers and teachers of research.
- Strengthen collaboration and engagement between the research community and policy-makers, practitioners and stakeholders for improved Health EDRM.
By sharing this resource we hope to engage the UK Alliance for Disaster Research to grow exciting opportunities for possibly collaboration and partnership development.
Event: Online Webinar (1 hour)
Theme: How might the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management support UKADR professionals in collaborating with their research and capacity development?
Date: 13th July 2022
Organiser: UK Alliance for Disaster Research
- Jonathan Abrahams, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland (tbc)
- Ryoma Kayano, WHO Centre for Health Development, WHO, Kobe, Japan.
- Mike Clarke, Centre for Public Health, Queen’s University, Belfast, United Kingdom; Evidence Aid, London, United Kingdom.
- Tracey O’Sullivan, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
- Dell D. Saulnier, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (tbc)
- Emily Y.Y. Chan, CCOUC, Faculty of Medicine, CUHK, Hong Kong SAR, China; GX Foundation, Hong Kong SAR, China. (tbc)
- Virginia Murray, UK Health Security Agency, London, United Kingdom will help to moderate
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The ‘Dealing with Disasters Conference’ (DwD 2022) will take place on 9th-10th June 2022, organised by the Northumbria University, UK. The conference is a response to the need to put disaster prevention into recovery processes as a strategic opportunity to improve the well-being and survivability of future generations. This two-day conference is aimed at engaging research, policy and practice for actions towards a more risk informed, and well-being enhanced, engagement with disaster prevention and recovery. Please see more details from their website and the attached poster.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has been invited to provide a 1.5 hour session on ‘Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health EDRM)’ on Day One (9th June 2022). Through this great opportunity, Dr Ryoma Kayano and Mr Jonathan Abrahams from WHO will introduce an overview of Health EDRM and facilitate a panel discussion to promote the best way to advance research and evidence for Health EDRM to support the work of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health EDRM and the Research Network (Health EDRM RN).
Event: Disasters International Conference (DwD 2022)
Theme: Dealing with Disaster Prevention and Recovery through Next Generation Social, Economic and Environmental Health and Well-being
Date: 9th – 10th June 2022
Venue: In Person at the Northumbria University and Online
Please join the conference and get involved in the expert discussion to promote and support Health EDRM activities! Registration is open until 5th June.
The 3rd Core Group of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Network (Health EDRM RN) met successfully online on 22 November 2021. The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) organized the meeting as secretariat of this network.
The Core Group provides strategic direction for the Health EDRM, which was established in 2018 to strengthen research and promote knowledge and evidence for managing health risks associated with all types of emergencies and disasters. It promotes global collaboration and contributes to the development of the framework for health security preparedness, development and innovation.
Co-chaired by Professor Emily Chan and Professor Virginia Murray, 14 WHO representatives from AFRO, EMRO, EURO, PAHO, SEARO, WPRO and HQ and six global experts participated in this meeting and contribute to Health EDRM research.
An important outcome of the meeting was the approval of the Action Plan for the Health EDRM RN 2022-2023 to translate Health EDRM research into practical products. The Action Plan contains four key milestones for its effective implementation. The first is the agreement for global stakeholder involvement of the survey to obtain global expert consensus on identifying key research topics and questions for Health EDRM RN. The second milestone is the launch of the Health EDRM Knowledge Hub, its new contents and dissemination plan with WHO regional offices. The third milestone was identifying additional content to be added to the WHO Guidance on Research Methods for Health EDRM in 2022-2023, working with regional offices to support the dissemination of the Guidance. Resource mobilization and linkages between research and practice in Health EDRM was the fourth milestone addressed.
The WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Network (Health EDRM RN) was launched in 2018. Health EDRM RN aims to promote global collaboration among academia, government officials and other stakeholders, strengthen research and promote knowledge and evidence for managing health risks associated with all types of emergencies and disasters.
WKC will convene the Third Meeting of the Core Group on 22 November 2021, entitled “Translating HEDRM research into practical products“. The meeting objective is to discuss and approve the Action Plan for Health EDRM Research Network 2022-2023 and make recommendations for the main milestones for its effective implementations.
Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health EDRM) has recently emerged as a critical field for research, policy, and practice as a result of the growing recognition of health as a core dimension in disaster risk management.
Global frameworks such as the WHO 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the International Health Regulations (IHR) have goals, targets, and indicators that monitor the health impact of disasters and emergencies and resilience in health systems and communities.
To manage the health risks of emergencies and disasters, research and knowledge management on Health EDRM is critical in designing evidence-based policies and programmes. The WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) coordinates four major projects for Health EDRM.
The comprehensive guidance for the designing, implementing, and reporting of Health EDRM research during and after emergencies and disasters.
WKC focuses on 6 Health EDRM Related research themes.
WHO Thematic Platform for Health EDRM Research Network serves as an international, multi-stakeholder and inter-disciplinary platform to exchange
WHO Thematic Platform for Health EDRM Research Network aims to strengthen research and promote knowledge and evidence in Health-EDRM