Disasters, regardless of natural or man-made, can often pose health threats leading to loss of life, disability and mental illness. A lack of preparation leads to more severe hazards, vulnerability and an inability to deal with health threats.
ADPC aims to strengthen national, institutional, and local capacity in health emergencies through disaster planning as well as emergency response and recovery; build relationships between different sectors; and improve overall risk management. Our work aims to equip health emergency managers with skills essential to overcome the challenge of hazard prevention and mitigation and emergency preparedness.
Enhancing the management of public health emergencies
Our aim is to build the capacities of humanitarian actors in managing public health emergencies. ADPC collaborates with the Center for Crisis Psychology (CCP) Norway in establishing and strengthening community resilience and safety through capacity-building of the communities and health personnel.
In 2010, ADPC launched The Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergencies Training Program together with BRAC Bangladesh. The program aimed to establish a system for enhancing the capacity of communities on psychological first aid to be able to manage victims immediately post-disaster; to strengthen the knowledge, attitude, and skills of health workers in managing child disaster victims; and to enhance the capacity of mental health professionals to manage identified mentally pathologic cases during disaster.
Building capacities in health risk and emergency management
Together with our institutional partners and an extensive network of specialists, we offer a wide range of training and capacity building activities. These include for example improving capacity in management and coordination among health emergency managers in disaster-prone countries in the region; building health manager's capacity to work with refugees and internally displaced populations during humanitarian crises or conflict conditions; and to develop the knowledge and skills of health care personnel to prepare their facilities to respond effectively, to ensure continuous operations during or even after disasters, and to recover for better from the impacts of disasters.
We also work to strengthen community safety and resilience through capacity development of health personnel to manage psychosocial impacts of disasters; and strengthen the capacities of countries in Asia in terms of epidemic and pandemic preparedness.
Establishing sustainable emergency response at hospitals and communities
The Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER) is a regional program initiated in 1998 with the support from the United States Agency for International Development Office for U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). PEER aims to boost local and regional disaster preparedness and build the response capacities of vulnerable countries within Asia region through Hospital Preparedness for Emergencies (HOPE) and Community Action for Disaster Response (CADRE) training programs.