New Guidelines To Improve Disaster Risk Management In Hospitals

Oct 8, 2008

New Delhi, October 8, 2008 : Today, at United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme India publishes new guidelines to improve disaster risk management in hosptials and health facilities. One is “Guidelines for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Planning” and the second is “Guidelines for Seismic Safety of Non Structural Elements and Contents in Hospital Buildings”. The publications also pick up the theme of the 2008/2009 United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign: Reduce risk, protect Health facilities, save lives”.

Both guidelines were published under the Government of India (GoI)- UNDP Disaster Risk Management (DRM) programme, and will help hospital administrators, managers and public health policy planners to minimize the impacts of disasters on health facilities and systems. The functionality of health and hospital facilities is most critical in disaster situations. Their capacity and resilience to minimize impact and manage disasters needs to be enhanced.

The “Guidelines for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Planning” give instructions and support hospital authorities and personnel to come up with their own “all hazard” emergency plans. These plans need to be in accordance with their human resources and infrastructure and can improve the effectiveness of response in medical care during a disaster or an emergency. The Guidelines include instructions for different levels of health facilities, ranging from secondary, to tertiary and the medical institutions. It also addresses hospital managers for them to prepare their staffs and plan the institutional resources to optimize performance in various disaster scenarios.

The “Guideline for Seismic Safety of Non Structural Elements and Contents in Hospital Buildings” provides guidance to the hospital administration on how to minimize the damage and loss caused by non-structural building components, particularly the furnishings and the equipment. The guidelines indicate how these hazardous elements can be identified by the hospital staffs and, in a second step, be retrofitted to prevent injury and loss.

[Download Guidelines for Hospital Emergency Preparedness Planning] [Download Seismic Safety of Non-Structural Elements and Contents in Hospital Buildings]

For more information please contact: UNDP New Delhi, Eva van Beek, 011 24628877

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