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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 18-22

Disaster management: Capacity building

Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India

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Indian subcontinent is highly prone to more disasters. India ranks fifth in the economic losses due to disaster. Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction which was adopted by United Nations general assembly advocates on capacity building among the health professionals. Capacity building involves strengthening of physical, social, economical, and attitudinal domains of people at every area. Government of India has created a multi-tiered system for effective disaster management at every level. The Asia Pacific Emergency and Disaster Nursing Network of WHO (APEDNN) also plays a significant role in capacity building in the Asia Pacific region for disaster management. International Council for Nurses in its efforts to building capacity has launched a framework on Disaster Nursing Competencies under the four areas of disaster cycle. The ten competencies puported by ICN will enable capacity among nursing workforce.

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