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Disaster Risk Reduction and Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic



The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need to bring the health sector front-and-centred in disaster risk management at national and international levels. In November 2020, DRR experts attended the Asia-Pacific Partnership for DRR Forum to share learnings for risk governance, including health system resilience, digital literacy and etc. This paper highlighted the key issues that discussed in the forum and reiterated the importance of reviewing current DRR plans and strategies so as to ensure the global population could be more sufficiently protected against future biological hazard. (Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Feb 8;18(4):1614. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041614.)


Anyone interested in future collaboration in this field of research is welcome to contact our key investigator Prof Emily CHAN in The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, CUHK. Prof Chan is the director of Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC). Her research focuses on climate change and planetary health, health and environmental co-benefits, disaster and humanitarian medicine, global and planetary health, violence and injury epidemiology and etc.