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Protecting the Health and Well-being of Populations from Disasters: Health and Health Care in The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

  • Amina Aitsi-Selmi (a1) (a2) and Virginia Murray (a1) (a3)
Abstract

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 is the first of three United Nations (UN) landmark agreements this year (the other two being the Sustainable Development Goals due in September 2015 and the climate change agreements due in December 2015). It represents a step in the direction of global policy coherence with explicit reference to health, economic development, and climate change. The multiple efforts of the health community in the policy development process, including campaigning for safe schools and hospitals, helped to put people’s mental and physical health, resilience, and well-being higher up the DRR agenda compared with its predecessor, the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action. This report reflects on these policy developments and their implications and reviews the range of health impacts from disasters; summarizes the widened remit of DRR in the post-2015 world; and finally, presents the science and health calls of the Sendai Framework to be implemented over the next 15 years to reduce disaster losses in lives and livelihoods.

Aitsi-Selmi A , Murray V . Protecting the Health and Well-being of Populations from Disasters: Health and Health Care in The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016;31(1):7478.

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Correspondence:Amina Aitsi-Selmi, MBBChir, MA(cantab), MRCP, MPH, MFPH, PhD Global Disaster Risk Reduction/International Public Health Public Health England Wellington House 133-155, Waterloo Road London, SE1 8UG, United Kingdom E-mail: amina.aitsi-selmi@phe.gov.uk
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