Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters as an Interdisciplinary Challenge

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GRF One Health Summit 2012, Davos: Presentation by Prof. Virginia Murray - Head - Extreme Events and Health Protection - UK Health Protection Agency

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Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters as an Interdisciplinary Challenge

  1. 1. GRF One Health Summit 2012 - Plenary Session V!!:Urban Health – One Health: Intersectoral andInterdisciplinary Challenges 22nd February 2012Managing the Risks of Extreme Eventsand Disasters as an interdisciplinarychallengeProfessor Virginia MurrayHead of Extreme Events and Health ProtectionHealth Protection AgencyFebruary 22, 2012
  2. 2. OutlineHealth Protection Agency and Extreme Events and Health ProtectionIPCC SREXHyogo Framework for ActionWHO/HPA/UNISDR DRM for healthWHO Europe Health Systems ToolkitThoughts for One Health
  3. 3. • Reducing key infections• Minimising the health impact of environmental hazards including radiation, chemicals, poisonings and extreme events such as flooding• Supporting safe and effective biological medicines
  4. 4. • Co-ordinate investigations and outbreak control• Laboratory services• Advise government• Respond to international health alerts
  5. 5. Climate change disaster risk, exposure, vulnerability, and resilience human systems and ecosystemsManaging risks from climate extremes at local level national level international levelToward a sustainable and resilient futureCase studies
  6. 6. http://www.unisdr.org/eng/hfa/docs/HFA-brochure-English.pdf
  7. 7. Disaster Risk Management for HealthChemical safety Mental health and psychosocial supportChild health Non-communicableClimate Change diseasesmanagement NutritionCommunicable disease Radiation emergenciesDisabilities Safe hospitalsMass casualtymanagement Sexual and reproductive healthMass fatalities WASH
  8. 8. http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1296686244041 andhttp://www.who.int/hac/events/disaster_reduction_2011/en/
  9. 9. Collaborating Centre on MassGatherings and Extreme Events
  10. 10. Thoughts for One Health• Worldwide, effects of extreme weather events and natural hazards are apparent, having increasing significance for human health of which One Health is a part• Climate change will increase extreme events and the impact on health and health systems• Managing the risks of Extreme Events and Disasters as an interdisciplinary challenge is key• Hyogo Framework for Action – would it help to support the One Health ‘umbrella’?

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