UNDRR calls member countries to integrate health into “Disaster Risk-Reduction” strategies

UNDRR calls member countries to integrate health into
UNDRR calls member countries to integrate health into "Disaster Risk-Reduction" strategies

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) works with the organisation’s member countries to help governments, including health, with their disaster risk-education strategies.

While informing about the organisation’s working strategies, Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR, said this is one of their several engagements that the organisation has been planning and executing since the COVID-19 pandemic break out globally.

On Monday, November 1, Mrs Mizutori was speaking at the press conference for the 7th Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean. This event was held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.

Mrs Mizutori said the UNDRR’s examination of countries’ disaster risk strategies, including those in Latin America and the Caribbean, found that “in almost all [states], health is not integrated”.

While speaking, explaining about strategies and taking examples of Hurricanes in the Caribbean, Mrs Mizutori said, “This is because, traditionally, [strategies] would [focus] more on disasters caused by natural hazards.”

Mrs Mizutori said the area of focus increased when the Sendai framework was approved for the Disaster Risk Reduction. Its approval was given at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai on March 18 2015.

The Framework of 2015-2030 has been aiming to achieve a substantial reduction of the disaster risk, livelihoods, losses in lives, health, in economic, physical, social, cultural, and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities, and countries over the next 15 years.

Mrs Mizutori pointed out, “So, we continue to help governments integrate health into their strategies for disaster risk reduction [and] bring together the national disaster management agencies and the public health agencies so that there is a coherent policy.”

The Government, the UNDRR Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean, and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) had jointly hosted the four-day Regional Platform. This event runs from November 1 to 4.