The goal is to ensure that health facilities and services are able to function in the aftermath of emergencies and disasters, protect the lives of patients, serve the affected population and keep health workers safe.
ensuring the structural resilience of health structures with existing technologies;
keeping the equipment and supplies of these health facilities intact should an emergency happen;
improving the preparedness and risk reduction capacity of health workers and ;
The vision of a national programme for safe hospitals could be: “the health community and partners will work together to ensure health facilities are safe and continue delivering health care effectively in emergencies.”
The goal of the programme might be to: “save lives, reduce injuries and illness and improve health outcomes inemergencies,” while a set of programme objectives should include:
Protect the lives of staff, patients and visitors in health facilities.
Deliver health services in emergencies.
Protect the economic investment in health facilities.
Facilitate community recovery after emergencies.
Planning for making health facilities safe in emergencies
India is among the world's most disaster-prone areas .
It is vulnerable to wind storms spawned in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, earthquakes caused by active crustal movement in the Himalayan mountains, floods brought by monsoons, and droughts in the country's arid and semi-arid areas.
India has also become much more vulnerable to tsunamis since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Almost 57% of the land is vulnerable to earthquake (high seismic zones III–V), 68% to drought, 8% to cyclones and 12% to floods.