Strategic Directions for Urban Health Emergency Management
Reoprt of the WHO Consultation on Strategic Directions for Urban Health Emergency Management, 4-5 June 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
A WHO consultation on strategic directions for urban health emergency management was held from 4 to 5 June 2012 in Plaza Athenee, Bangkok, Thailand. With support from the WHO Regional and Country offices, the WHO Centre for Health Development or WHO Kobe Centre (WKC) organized the meeting, the main goal of which was to strengthen advocacy on urban health emergency management in general, with a focus on city health resilience, risk reduction and emergency preparedness; city health humanitarian response, and city health recovery. The two‐day meeting sought to identify priority issues, needs and strategic directions of urban areas to strengthen health emergency management in the context of broader emergency or disaster management.
Thirty‐five (35) participants attended the consultative meeting consisting of city health officers who have actual field experiences in preparing for and dealing with urban health emergencies; experts on urban planning and disaster management; and WHO Regional and Country Offices and Headquarters staff who will be involved in the development and management of the activities on urban health emergency management.
Strategic directions for urban health emergency management were formulated as follows: 1) Enhancing resilience, risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery among national and local health authorities in urban areas; 2) Building technical surge capacity and urban health emergency management expertise; 3) Strengthening health systems to support urban health emergency management; 4) Ensuring the protection of the health of vulnerable urban populations, including hidden and mobile persons; 5) Improving sector coordination for health by strengthening multi‐sectoral partnership and community ownership; and 6) Developing and adapting tools to urban contexts, including city health risk assessment and city plans.