Integrating public health into disaster risk reduction and resilience planning: challenges and strategies for better integration

  • De Silva, A. (Speaker)
  • Amaratunga, D. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Haigh, R. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Taufika Ophiyandri (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Bambang Istijono (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Benny Hidayat (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Ade Suzana Putri (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Abstract: The global pandemic of COVID-19 has drawn attention to multi-hazard preparedness and planning since many countries were unable to cope with the dual challenge of natural hazards throughout the pandemic. Despite the level of development, many countries in the world have faced devastative impact from the pandemic, where communities suffered from deaths, economic losses, social deprivation, and even mental instability of their members. Global and national platforms have initiated many discussions around making communities resilient during a global pandemic. Integrating public health aspects into disaster risk reduction seems to be one of the emerging topics where many scholars are working on developing new strategies. Therefore, this study aims to better understand the challenges of pandemic preparedness and strategies for better integration when integrating public health aspects into disaster risk reduction. The study was formulated on a literature review based on academic data bases, international policies and frameworks, and institutional reports, followed by athematic extraction and a classification. The results of the literature review recognised consumption, pollution, health security, poverty, and communication as the main areas of challenges faced by planners and decision makers when it comes to pandemic preparedness planning. Moreover, the state-of-the-art strategies identified by the literature review have been classified into three as consumer related, governance related, and management related strategies. Finally, the study concludes that identifying the challenges and strategies to overcome them will support decisionmakers in better integrating public health aspects into disaster risk reduction efforts towards making communities resilient.
Period8 Dec 2022
Event titleUnited Kingdom Alliance for Disaster Research Conference 2022: Disaster Research and Innovation at a Time of Global Uncertainty
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational