International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.
The 2019 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.”
For more information, please visit – https://www.unisdr.org/disasterreductionday.
Raise awareness on social media using the hashtags #DDRday and #BuiltToLast.
The October issue (Volume 34, Issue 5) of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) is now available through Cambridge Core. This issue features a wide range of articles including the rapid forecasting of cholera risk in Mozambique, the absence of cultural awareness training in international NGOs, the effect of prehospital epinephrine in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and much more.
WADEM members have unlimited access to every issue of PDM through Cambridge Core. Click on the “Latest Issue” tab to view 34:5. Check back often for the most recent content in disaster and emergency health care!
Oceania Chapter Chair, Joe Cuthbertson, interviews Dr. Penny Burns on the role of general practitioners in disasters; how general practice has been engaged in disaster management in Australia, Oceania, and internationally; and her journey researching primary health care in disasters.