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Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Apr 6;16(7). pii: E1232. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16071232.

WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Network (TPRN): Report of the Kobe Expert Meeting.

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1
World Health Organization Centre for Health Development, Kobe 651-0073, Japan. kayanor@who.int.
2
Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and Chinese University of Hong Kong for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HongKong, China. Emily.chan@cuhk.edu.hk.
3
Public Health England, London SE1 8UG, UK. Virginia.Murray@phe.gov.uk.
4
Country Health Emergency Preparedness and International Regulations Department, WHO Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization, CH-1211 Geneva, Switzerland. abrahamsj@who.int.
5
World Health Organization Centre for Health Development, Kobe 651-0073, Japan. barbers@who.int.

Abstract

The WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Research Network (TPRN) was established in 2016 in response to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015⁻2030. The TPRN facilitates global collaborative action for improving the scientific evidence base in health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM). In 2018, the WHO convened a meeting to identify key research questions, bringing together leading experts from WHO, TPRN, World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine (WADEM), and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and delegates to the Asia Pacific Conference on Disaster Medicine (APCDM). The meeting identified research questions in five major areas for Health EDRM: health data management, psychosocial management, community risk management, health workforce development, and research methods and ethics. Funding these key research questions is essential to accelerate evidence-based actions during emergencies and disasters.

KEYWORDS:

Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030; WHO Thematic Platform for Health EDRM; capacity building; ethics; health data; health emergency and disaster risk management (Health EDRM); psychosocial; research methods; risk communication

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