Campaign Launched on Hospitals Safe from Disasters “The most expensive hospital is the one that fails”

Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Kobe Office





Hundreds of hospitals and heath facilities are destroyed or damaged every year by disasters caused by natural hazards such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. Millions of people are left without emergency care during and after disasters when hospitals and health facilities fail to function.

On 5 August, 2007 in just two minutes, the city of Pisco, Peru lost 97% of its hospital beds to an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. In the October 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, 50% of the heath facilities in affected areas were completely destroyed. In December 2004, the tsunami in the Indian Ocean destroyed 61% of the health facilities in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

“Hospitals Safe from Disasters” is a global campaign being launched tomorrow in Davos, Switzerland, by the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank.

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