Program Coordinator: Isabel Campos
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In order to prevent hazards turn into disasters, we must address the core issues that lead to these such are weak public health systems, lack of preparedness awareness among general public. Such hazards including natural, man-made and biological outbreaks put under pressure existing health systems. Medical professionals are not educated and equipped with the knowledge and skills to react in these situations as this topic is poorly addressed in medical education curricula. Schools, hospitals and other healthcare and public facilities and industrial zones are often not equipped to respond to emergency nor are built properly to ensure the safety of its users causing thousands and millions of people being affected when disaster strikes.
Unfortunately, emergencies tend to disproportionately affect the poor, children, women, the elderly, and other marginalized members of society, hence aggravating existing health inequities. Populations on the move due to man-made or natural disasters put pressure on services and these already vulnerable populations are faced with a health care service of poor quality, unable to prevent disease or treat it, and often denied the service if unable to produce the required documentation. In disasters, human safety is often put into question, especially of the services that are in the forefront such are civil protection or health professionals. They are usually even more endangered in man-made disasters.