Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management: Five Years into Implementation of the Sendai Framework

Natalie Wright, Lucy Fagan*, Jostacio M. Lapitan, Ryoma Kayano, Jonathan Abrahams, Qudsia Huda, Virginia Murray

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The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030 recognizes health at the heart of disaster risk management (DRM) at the global policy level. Five years on, it has catalyzed the rapid development of the field of Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health EDRM) by providing a mandate for building partnerships as well as enhancing scientific research. Key milestones achieved include publication of the World Health Organization’s Health EDRM Framework, development of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health EDRM and the WHO Health EDRM Research Network, and further application of health information principles to DRM. Furthermore, health actors at all levels have continued to engage in the Sendai Framework processes and have had a key role in its implementation and proposed monitoring. There have been significant gains made through the partnership of health and DRM, but the relationship has not been without its challenges. Many national, regional, and global initiatives continue to operate with a lack of consistency and of linkages to respond to the Sendai Framework’s call for embedding health resilience in DRM, and conversely, embedding DRM in health resilience. Overcoming this hurdle is important, and doing so will be a key marker of success of the next 10 years of partnership under the Sendai Framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-217
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to acknowledge the contribution of Tristana Perez in the Global Public Health Team, Public Health England in the development of Fig.?1 in this article.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020, Crown.


  • Data collection
  • Disaster risk management
  • Health emergencies
  • Research networks
  • Sendai Framework


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