UNIVERSITY OF HYOGO, RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF NURSING CARE FOR PEOPLE AND COMMUNITY

WHO Collaborating Centre for Disaster Risk Management for Health

DIRECTOR

Sonoe Mashino

STAFF

Maki Umeda
Mie Sasaki
Rie Chiba

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Contribute to building capacity among public health workers in disaster risk management for health.

Provide technical support for international emergency responders including WHO staff in the area of psychosocial health as needed.

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

With the participants of Shelter Care Workshop

As the WHOCC for Disaster Risk Management for Health, several research projects have been conducted, such as developing guidance and training program for maintaining psycho-social well-being of disaster responders, identifying long-term health consequences among the elderly after an earthquake, and so on.

Disaster Risk Reduction is a national, regional and global concern. Enhancing networking among professionals is one of strategies to strengthen capacities for DRR. Professor Mashino attended the web and face to face meetings of Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network as a core member, made a presentation at the annual research conference at Siem Reap, Cambodia on 15-16 of November 2018. 

Evidence based approaches are essential to improve disaster response. However, it has been pointed out that the scientific evidence underlying the activity is inadequate. In October 2018, the WHO Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre ) hosted a meeting for identifying key research needs for health emergency and disaster. Professor Mashino attended the meeting as an expert of Disaster Nursing. In the meeting, several key documents regarding to Disaster Risk Management for Health were reviewed and five major areas of research need were identified.

The Centre conducted several workshops and meetings. In October, a workshop for nurse educators and clinicians was held to improve their educational activities for nurse students and clinical nurses in relation to disaster preparedness and response.

    • The 20th annual research conference of Japan Society of Disaster Nursing: August 10-11, 2018
    • Disaster Nursing Education workshop: October 6, 2018
    • The Workshop of Shelter Care (Collaboration with JICA): January 18, 2019