Environmental health and disaster professionals from across New Zealand attended the Disaster Management in Humanitarian Settings course in July 2016. This course was provided by the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH), New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health (NZIEH), US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC), Griffith University Humanitarian and Disaster Initiative, (Australia). To read more click here.
The course will be offered again in March 2018
The course was led by Tim Hatch, Planning and Logistics Director, Centre for Emergency Preparedness, Alabama Department of Public Health, on behalf of the US-CDC. Other presenters included Stephen Bell (Past President, NZIEH), Chris Hewins, (NZ Ministry for Primary Industries), Dr Peter Davey, (Griffith University, Australia) and Sue Reynolds (Hamilton City Council).
Good environmental health disaster and humanitarian management has a significant role in addressing the impact of disasters on infrastructures and those affected by a disaster. Protecting and mitigating risks to systems required for general health and wellbeing, such as water supply, food safety, sewerage, waste management and storm water, is vital in influencing the amount of human suffering, loss of life and ill-health that results from disaster situations. A disaster response and humanitarian crisis presents unique challenges and a specific skill set is required from a range of professions and all levels of government.