International Conference on Health Sector Recovery from Disasters

5-6 March 2013
Morioka, Iwate, Japan

WHO conducted the International Conference on Health Sector Recovery from Disasters last 5-6 March at Morioka City in Iwate, Japan. The conference aimed to share experiences and lessons learnt from recent major emergencies to contribute to the collective knowledge on how the health sector can be reconstructed and rehabilitated after a disaster. These lessons learnt are expected to contribute to the development of the draft regional framework for action to strengthen health emergency risk management for disasters in the Western Pacific Region.

The objectives of the conference were to : 1) document countries’ experiences and present lessons learnt from health sector recovery operations from disasters in the Western Pacific Region; 2) identify key strategic directions of health sector recovery from disasters, as part of the development of a draft regional framework for action to strengthen health emergency risk management for disasters in the Region; and 3) raise awareness and advocate for the importance of the health sector recovery.

The conference was hosted by the Iwate Medical University. There were around 50 participants. The following countries were represented: Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Republic of Korea and Viet Nam.

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