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Reflection of Challenges and Opportunities within the COVID-19 Pandemic to Include Biological Hazards into DRR Planning

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Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford OX37BN, UK
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JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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GX Foundation, Hong Kong, China
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Accident & Emergency Medicine Academic Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Fujisawa 252-0882, Japan
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Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA), New Delhi 110059, India
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Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
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National Resilience Council, Pasay City 1300, Philippines
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Ministry of Interior and Safety, Sejong 30128, Korea
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 1614; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041614
Received: 30 December 2020 / Revised: 28 January 2021 / Accepted: 5 February 2021 / Published: 8 February 2021
COVID-19 has reinforced the need to revisit the integration of health within disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies for biological hazards in a system-wide approach. In November 2020, DRR experts attended the Asia-Pacific Partnership for Disaster Risk Reduction (APP-DRR) Forum to share progress and learnings in the areas of health system resilience, data management, residual risk management, risk communication, digital literacy, and knowledge product marketing. Advancements for health in DRR included the importance of multi-sectoral, multi-hazard action plans; adaptation to technological advancements in data collection, dissemination and protection; promoting the health and wellbeing of essential and nonprofessional workers; and improving inclusivity in digital literacy. COVID-19 has affected progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and created a unique opportunity within DRR to re-evaluate the adequacy of response mechanisms against concurrent, cascading or interacting risks of future biological hazards. Health emergency disaster risk management (Health-EDRM) is a new World Health Organization paradigm that includes DRR at intra-, inter- and multidisciplinary levels. Scientific advancement under Health-EDRM is necessary for health and non-health actors in DRR education and research. Continuous education on the multifaceted risk governance is a key to building awareness, capacity and accelerating towards achieving the international DRR and the SDG targets. View Full-Text
Keywords: health-EDRM; disaster risk reduction; biological hazards; Sendai Framework; COVID-19 pandemic health-EDRM; disaster risk reduction; biological hazards; Sendai Framework; COVID-19 pandemic
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Chan, E.Y.Y.; Dubois, C.; Fong, A.H.Y.; Shaw, R.; Chatterjee, R.; Dabral, A.; Loyzaga, A.; Kim, Y.-k.; Hung, K.K.C.; Wong, C.S. Reflection of Challenges and Opportunities within the COVID-19 Pandemic to Include Biological Hazards into DRR Planning. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 1614. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041614

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Chan EYY, Dubois C, Fong AHY, Shaw R, Chatterjee R, Dabral A, Loyzaga A, Kim Y-k, Hung KKC, Wong CS. Reflection of Challenges and Opportunities within the COVID-19 Pandemic to Include Biological Hazards into DRR Planning. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(4):1614. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041614

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Chan, Emily Y.Y., Caroline Dubois, Ada H.Y. Fong, Rajib Shaw, Ranit Chatterjee, Ambika Dabral, Antonia Loyzaga, Yong-kyun Kim, Kevin K.C. Hung, and Chi S. Wong 2021. "Reflection of Challenges and Opportunities within the COVID-19 Pandemic to Include Biological Hazards into DRR Planning" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 4: 1614. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18041614

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