GHTL: One Health Disaster Management

July 2019

Global Health True Leaders, your long awaited program is here again this year!

Located in 3 tectonic plates including Indo-Australia plate, Eurasia plate, dan Pacific plate, Indonesia is vulnerable to natural disasters. According to Indonesia Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency report, Indonesia has around 400 earthquakes each month. Moreover, it was reported that there were 10 biggest earthquakes for the last two decades in Indonesia. Also, one of it was reported as the worst earthquake in the world. Recently, Indonesia has been shaken by 3 earthquakes in Lombok-West Nusa Tenggara, Donggala-Sulawesi, and Situbondo. The impact of this massive earthquake killed more than thousands of people, destroyed many buildings, and disrupted railway and road systems. These natural disasters, including earthquakes, can severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem; individually and collectively, thus make it vulnerable to infectious diseases, mostly zoonoses.

For example, there was a massive earthquake with 6,3 Richter scale in Yogyakarta in 2006. It caused 5.700 deaths and 37.000 injuries. It makes medical services overwhelmed by emergency demands and lesser injuries often go untreated. In addition, these areas are vulnerable to spread infectious diseases and re-occurrent of endemic diseases. This is worsened by the inadequate safe water and sanitation facilities, poor nutritional status and immunization coverage among the population; and minimum access to healthcare and to effective case management. According to the report, there were 15 death cases causing by tetanus. This phenomenon emphasizes that disaster management is a multidisciplinary, multisectoral, multidimensional and multi-complex work. It requires comprehensive and sustainable management.

With today’s natural disaster and emerging infectious disease issues, Global Health True Leaders will train several dedicated and passionate frontline health workers. This training aims to promote and raise awareness issue related to health impact, collaboration, and coordination after natural disaster. This training will be held in 2019 and divided into 2 main activities including in-class training and fieldwork. In-class training, it will bring up the silent impact after natural disaster issue, adaptive leadership in earthquake condition, also earthquake preparedness, response and rehabilitation plan. Moreover, the fieldwork will learn about community organizing and participatory development in community after the disaster. Beside that, participants will meet and learn directly from local community in order to have deep understand on how community can empower themselves, build and help their own village from earthquake. The place will be Dusun Gulon, Kecamatan Pundong Bantul, DIY Yogjakarta.

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