RESILIENCE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Integrate Public Health and Disaster Risk Management

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Course Description

Communities are at risk of emergencies which may be triggered by disaster events, including those associated with the occurrence of natural hazards like infectious disease outbreaks, conflicts, technological failure amongst others. Within the context of speed of urbanization (which is on the increase) and climate change, the frequency, severity and impact of such events are crucial.

The health, economic, political and societal consequences of such hazards can be devastating for both developed and developing countries around the world. Currently, countries face the COVID-19 pandemic with cases resulting to thousands of deaths confirmed worldwide, demonstrating the severity of the impact that pandemics have for public health systems as well as other systems within the city/country where they occur. There is therefore the need for a comprehensive resilience and risk reduction plan that involves all institutions, sectors and actors within society.

In view of public health risks which are emerging and complex as well as the need for more effective coordination and management of resources, this short course presents frameworks that provide guidance on how to integrate public health systems and disaster risk management for resilience.


Target Audience

· Government officials
· Health professionals
· Disaster management professionals
· Academic and training institutions working on disaster risk management


Learning objectives

At the end of each module, participants will be able to achieve the following:

Module 1:

• Recognize the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities
• Recognize and utilize the Public Health Addendum as a supplement to UNDRR’s Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities, developed to help address the public health implications of major disasters.

Module 2:

• Identify policy considerations to reduce risks and consequences of emergencies and disasters
• Recognize concepts, guiding principles, components and functions of effective Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health EDRM)

Module 3:

• Utilize the Disaster Resilience Scorecard for Cities: Public Health System Resilience Addendum Consultative Version 2.0 as a tool to strengthen and integrate coverage of the many aspects of public health that are relevant to disaster planning, mitigation and response, helping to ensure the integration of public health issues in disaster risk management.



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Course Facilitator

Dr. Owi Toinpre is an Associate Lecturer of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development at CIFAL Newcastle, a United Nations affiliated training Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Dr. Owi has been involved in course development, teaching and research in the area of disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. With a background in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering and experience in disaster reconstruction, Owi is particularly interested in flood risk mitigation and institutional approaches to reducing disaster risks.



  • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) & Global Education and Training Institute (GETI)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) – Division for People