Posted by: ihfgeneva | May 16, 2014

IHF participates in Global Safe Hospitals Initiative Workshop

Group Photo_Safe Hospitals InitiativeThe International  Hospital Federation (IHF) was among a  group  of key stakeholder organizations representing  Ministries of  Health, professional associations, international  financial    institutions, academia and the 6 WHO regions,  convened in a  workshop to develop the documentation to  support a Global Safe  Hospitals Initiative. The workshop was  held 7 May 2014 at the  World Health Organization  Headquarters, in Geneva Switzerland.

Hospitals need a wide support system to be able to function and fulfil their role in delivering health care to populations, including those at risk of different hazards. Hospitals play a vital role in emergency response, and are expected to remain functioning at full capacity when emergencies and disasters occur. While significant steps have been taken to make hospitals safer, better prepared and more resilient, final outcomes will depend on the active engagement of all sectors, which are as critical as the health sector in ensuring the functioning of hospitals before, during and after disasters. Increased investment and continued political and technical support is needed to build on the current momentum and to ensure the safety, security and preparedness of new and existing hospitals across the world.

The workshop was therefore in response to these challenges and the call for a global safe hospitals programme from the Global Platform.

The main discussion focused on developing a comprehensive Safe Hospital Framework that will be used to guide future work in this area at all levels. Active inputs were given by all participants, which will go to build a more comprehensive and applicable framework. A global programme was initiated to identify key activities that can support implementation of the safe hospital framework in countries. The draft Safe Hospital Framework will go through another round of virtual consultations, and will be finalized by late 2014 for further dissemination and use in countries.

The resulting framework will also be used to steer discussion on Disaster Risk Management in health at meetings and fora related to the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction, including Regional Platforms, Preparatory Committees as well as the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.



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